List of United States Political Families (H) - The Hendersons

The Hendersons

  • John Williams (1731–1799), member of the North Carolina House of Commons 1777–1778, Delegate to the Continental Congress from North Carolina 1778–1779, North Carolina Superior Court Judge. First cousin of Richard Henderson and Thomas Henderson.
  • Richard Henderson (1734–1785), North Carolina Superior Court Judge, North Carolina Assemblyman. First cousin of John Williams.
  • Thomas Henderson (1752–1815), North Carolina Colony Congressman 1775. First cousin of John Williams.
  • John Williams (1740–1804), North Carolina Colony Congressman 1775. First cousin of John Williams, Richard Henderson, and Thomas Henderson.
  • Nathaniel Williams, Jr. (1742–1805), North Carolina Colony Congressman 1775. First cousin of John Williams, Richard Henderson, and Thomas Henderson.
  • Robert Williams (1744–1790), Adjutant General of North Carolina. First cousin of John Williams, Richard Henderson and, Thomas Henderson.
  • Joseph Williams (1748–1827), North Carolina Colony Congressman 1775. First cousin of John Williams, Richard Henderson, and Thomas Henderson.
    • Archibald Henderson (1768–1822), Clerk of Salisbury, North Carolina 1795–1798; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1799–1803; member of the North Carolina House of Commons 1807–1809 1814 1819–1820. Son of Richard Henderson.
    • Leonard Henderson (1772–1833), North Carolina Assemblyman, Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court 1829–1833. Son of Richard Henderson.
    • Robert Burton (1747–1825), Delegate to the Continental Congress from North Carolina 1787. Son-in-law of John William.
    • Matthew Clay (1754–1815), Virginia House Delegate 1790–1794, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1797–1813 1815. Second cousin by marriage of Archibald Henderson.
      • Christopher Harris Williams (1798–1857), U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1837–1843 1849–1853. Grandson of John Williams.
      • Hutchins Gordon Burton (1782–1836), member of the North Carolina House of Commons 1809 1817, Attorney General of North Carolina 1810–1816, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1819–1824, Governor of North Carolina 1824–1827. Nephew of Robert Burton.
      • Matthew Clay (1795–1827), Alabama State Representative 1825–1827. Son of Matthew Clay.
        • John Sharp Williams (1854–1932), U.S. Representative from Mississippi 1893–1909, U.S. Senator from Mississippi 1911–1923, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1920. Grandson of Christopher Harris Williams.
        • Sydenham B. Alexander (1840–1921), North Carolina State Senator 1879 1883–1887 1901, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1891–1895. Cousin of John Sharp Williams.
        • Adlai E. Stevenson I (1835–1914), U.S. Representative from Illinois 1875–1877 1879–1881, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1892, Vice President of the United States 1893–1897, candidate for Vice President of the United States 1900, candidate for Governor of Illinois 1908. Cousin of Sydenham B. Alexander.
          • John Sharp Williams, Jr., delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1936 1940 1944 1948. Son of John Sharp Williams.
          • Lewis Stevenson (1868–1929), Illinois Secretary of State 1914–1917, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1928. Son of Adlai E. Stevenson.
          • Julia McGehee Alexander, North Carolina State Representative. Daughter of Sydenham B. Alexander.
            • Adlai Stevenson II (1900–1965), delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1948 1952 1956 1960, Governor of Illinois 1949–1953, candidate for President of the United States 1952 1956, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations 1961–1965. Son of Lewis Stevenson.
              • Adlai Stevenson III (1930–), Illinois State Representative 1965–1967, Treasurer of Illinois 1967–1970, U.S. Senator from Illinois 1970–1981, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1972, candidate for Governor of Illinois 1982 1986. Son of Adlai Stevenson.

NOTE: Matthew Clay was also brother of Kentucky State Senator Green Clay, second cousin of U.S. Representatives Robert Williams and Marmaduke Williams, first cousin by marriage of U.S. Senator John Williams and U.S. Representative Lewis Williams, first cousin once removed of Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives Henry Clay and Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Porter Clay, second cousin once removed of U.S. Senator Clement Comer Clay, first cousin twice removed of U.S. Minister Thomas H. Clay and U.S. Representative James Brown Clay, uncle of U.S. Representative Brutus J. Clay and Kentucky State Representative Cassius Marcellus Clay, second cousin twice removed of U.S. Senator Clement Claiborne Clay, Jr., granduncle of U.S. Senator Thomas Clay McCreery and U.S. Minister Brutus J. Clay. Adlai E. Stevenson I was also cousin of U.S. Minister James S. Ewing.

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