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US Presidential Connections

The President Obama Connection
The Irish ancestry of President Barack Obama has been documented to the Kearneys, originally of Shinrone Parish, and to the Donovans and Benns, many of whom are buried in Dunkerrin Churchyard and some of whose descendents met the President during his 2011 Irish visit.

The Kearney Memorial, Shinrone Churchyard

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Edward Hand (1744 - 1802)
A general in the Revolutionary War and friend of George Washington, Edward Hand was one of those who elected Washington as first President of the United States. He was born in Clyduff in Dunkerrin Parish and baptised in the old Shinrone parish church.

"HAND, Edward, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in Clyduff, County Kings, Ireland, December 31, 1744; accompanied the Eighteenth Royal Irish Regiment to the United States as surgeon’s mate in 1774, but resigned; Continental Army, 1775-1778; commanded a brigade of the Light Infantry Corps in August 1780; adjutant general, United States Army, 1781-1783; brevetted major general September 30, 1783; mustered out November 3, 1783; physician; Member of the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784; major general, United States Army, 1798-1800; died in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., September 3, 1802; interment in St. James’s Episcopal Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa." (Hand's Congressional biography)

Charles Carroll (1737 - 1832)
The only Roman Catholic signatory to the American Declaration of Independence, Carroll's grandfather was an O'Carroll from Cadamstown in Letterluna parish.

"CARROLL, Charles (of Carrollton), (cousin of Charles Carroll, the Barrister, and Daniel Carroll), a Delegate and a Senator from Maryland; born in Annapolis, Md., September 19, 1737; attended the Jesuits’ College of Bohemia at Hermans Manor, Md., and the College of St. Omer in France; studied civil law at the College of Louis le Grand in Rheims, and common law in London; returned to Annapolis, Md., in 1765; delegate to the revolutionary convention of Maryland in 1775; Continental commissioner to Canada in 1776; member of the Board of War 1776-1777; Delegate to the Continental Congress 1776-1778; again elected to the Continental Congress in 1780, but declined to serve; was a signer of the Declaration of Independence; member, State senate 1777-1800; elected to the United States Senate in 1789; reelected in 1791 and served from March 4, 1789, to November 30, 1792, when, preferring to remain a State senator, he resigned because of a law passed by the Maryland legislature disqualifying the members of the State senate who held seats in Congress; retired to private life in 1801; involved in establishing the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company in 1828; died in Baltimore, Md., November 14, 1832; at the time of his death was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence; interment in the chapel of Doughoregan Manor, near Ellicott City, Howard County, Md." (Carroll's Congressional biography)