Dennis Kucinich

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Dennis John Kucinich (1946)


Dennis John Kucinich

Dennis John Kucinich was born Oct 8, 1946, in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio as the eldest of the seven children of Frank and Virginia Kucinich. His father, a truck driver, was of part-Yugoslavian descent; his Irish-American mother was a homemaker.

In 1973, he graduated from Case Western Reserve University with both a BA, and an MA in speech and communication. He was Mayor of Cleveland from 1977 to 1979.

He has been married three times, the first two ending in divorce. He has a daughter, Jackie, from his marriage to Sandra Lee McCarthy. He married his third wife, Elizabeth Harper, a British citizen, on 21 August 2005. Dennis currently represents Ohio's 10th District in the US House of Representatives.

He is currently running on the Democratic ticket for the US Presidential Election of 2008. His Democratic challengers are: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, Christopher Dodd, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and Mike Gravel.

Primary documentation for 1

  • "Lights Out on Deregulation, by Dennis Kucinich in which he makes some biographical points.
    Where I come from it matters how much people pay for electricity. I grew up in the inner city of Cleveland. The oldest of 7 children. My parents never owned a home, they lived in 21 different places by the time I was 17, including a couple of cars. I remember when there were 5 children and my parents living in a 3 room upstairs apartment on Cleveland's east side. My parents would sometimes sit in the kitchen at one of those old white enamel top tables, which, when the surface was chipped, was black underneath. When they counted their pennies, I could hear them clicking on the enamel top table. Click, Click, Click.

Secondary sources for 1

Frank J Kucinich

Frank J Kucinich was born Dec 23, 1922

He married Virginia A unknown, shortly before 1947. They had seven children: Dennis, Gary, Frank, Larry, Terry (female), Beth and Perry.

Frank died Jul 13, 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Primary sources for 3

  • Ohio Deaths showing : "Virgini A Kucinich, est birth 1924, born US; resident of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; died 27 Nov 1987 at St John/West Shore Hospital; died in Westlake; age 63; Widow, Homemaker"
  • Social Security Death Index showing : "Virginia Kucinich, born 29 Jul 1924, died 27 Nov 1987, issued by Ohio before 1951, last residence Avon, Lorain County, Ohio, last benefit to Cleveland"

John Kucinich

Primary sources for 4

  • 1930 Census of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio showing : "John Kuchinik 38, b Jugoslav (sic), Peddler, Ice Route, immigrated 1906; Mary wife 35, married first at 17, b PA, Cleaner, Building; John son 14 b PA; Peter son 13 b OH; Paul son 13 b OH; Steve son 9 b OH; Frank son 7 b OH; Barbara daughter 4 b OH; Elizabeth daughter [age illegible] b OH"
  • WWII Draft Registration Cards showing : "John Kucinich; of 2615 E 37th St, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; age 49; born Batuaga, Yugoslavia; born Mar 15, 1893; wife [living]; place of business: Trucking; 5'6", 150; blue eyes brown hair, paralyzed on left side; registered Apr 27, 1942 Cleveland"
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