Hillary Diane Rodham

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Hillary Diane Rodham (b. 1947), U.S. Presidential Candidate in 2008, Senator from New York and former U.S. First Lady.

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Hillary Diane Rodham

Hillary Diane Rodham was born Oct 26, 1947 at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, the daughter of Hugh Ellsworth Rodham and his wife Dorothy Emma Howell. The family lived first in Chicago until Hillary was three, and then in Park Ridge, Illinois. Her father was the son of Welsh and English immigrants. She has two younger brothers, attorney Hugh Rodham, who also ran for Senate, and Tony Rodham a business consultant, who is also associated with the Democratic National Committee (cf "Hugh Rodham Jr" on Muckety).

Hillary attended Maine East and South High Schools, Park Ridge, graduated 1965; Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass., graduated 1969 (major: political science); Yale Law School, New Haven, Conn., graduated 1973. She then became Staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund, 1973; and staff attorney, impeachment inquiry staff, U.S. House Judiciary Committee, 1974.

In 1971, while they were both at Yale she met and began dating Bill Clinton. She was a law professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville from 1974 to 1976. She and Bill married 11 Oct 1975, in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas. Hillary then joined the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock in 1977, becoming partner at that time or slightly later. Bill and Hillary had a single child, Chelsea Victory Clinton, on 27 Feb 1980 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.

In 1976 Bill Clinton was elected Attorney General of Arkansas and in 1978 Governor of Arkansas for a 2-year term. He was defeated when he ran for re-election in 1980, but then reclaimed the Governorship in 1982 and remained Governor for ten more years. In 1992, while Governor of Arkansas, he ran for and was elected President of the United States and then was re-elected in 1996, serving until Jan 2001.

Hillary resigned in Feb 1992 as chairman of the Children's Defense Fund. Moving to New York, Hillary was elected a US Senator from New York in 2000, becoming the first First Lady to be elected to public office. She ran on the Democratic ticket for the US Presidential Election of 2008. Her Democratic challengers are: Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and Mike Gravel. She recently conceded her run, throwing her support behind Barack Obama the only remaining Democratic contender.

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Hugh Ellsworth Rodham

Hugh Ellsworth Rodham was born 2 Apr 1911 in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, the son of Hugh Simpson Rodham, an English immigrant and his wife Hannah Jones. Between 1930 and 1937 he moved to Chicago where in 1937, while working as a traveling salesman, he met his future wife Dorothy.

He married Dorothy Emma Howell in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois (per Wikipedia). They first lived in Chicago, but then about 1950/1 they moved to the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, where Hilary grew up.

In 1987 they moved to Little Rock, Arkansas. In Nov 1992, a Chicago Sun-Times article stated that Dorothy and Hugh were considering moving to Washington, D.C. They didn't however, Hugh died 7 Apr 1993 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, and is buried at Washburn Street Cemetery in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Some time after his death, his widow Dorothy did move to Washington, D.C.

Primary Sources for 2

  • Social Security Death Index showing "Hugh E Rodham, born 2 Apr 1911, died 7 Apr 1993, issued by Pennsylvania, last residence Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas"

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Dorothy Emma Howell

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Dorothy Emma Howell was born in or around Chicago, Illinois in June, 1919, the daughter of Edwin John Howell and his wife Della Murray. Her parents divorced (this article states in 1920, while this one states 1927), and Della married secondly in 1933 to a Chicago businessman Max Rosenburg. It was perhaps about this time that Dorothy and her younger sister, Isabelle (b. 1924) went to live with their grandparents in the Los Angeles area.

Wikipedia states that "... through her years in high school, she lived with her paternal grandparents in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra, California." Another article however states that she moved out of her grandparents home when she was 14 to become a nanny, and through her high school years, she lived in her own apartment. Wikipedia goes on to say that "after graduating from Alhambra High School in 1937, she moved to Chicago where she married Hugh Ellsworth Rodham in 1942."

Her Wikipedia article states that Dorothy moved back to Chicago "...for a failed reunion with her mother." Another article states that her mother wanted her to return to Chicago, but to work as her housekeeper. Dorothy met Hugh Rodham in 1937 when she applied for a secretarial job at the Columbia Lace Company, where he sold curtains as a traveling salesman. It wasn't until four or five years later that he and Dorothy married, probably in or near Chicago. They were subsequently to have three children.

Hillary was born in a hospital in Chicago, but when she was three, the family moved to the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois. This article states they moved to Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas in 1987, "...to be closer to their daughter."

When her husband died, an article in the News Record of North Hills, Pennsylvania which was mainly about Hillary, reprinted this quote from Dorothy:
"There must have been 40 or 50 children within a four-block radius of our house and within four years of Hillary's age," the first lady's mother, Dorothy Rodham, told The Washington Post in January. "They were all together, all the time, a big extended family. There were more boys than girls, lot of playing and competition."

She was mentioned, living, in May 2004 here, when she went out with her daughter and granddaughter.

In the article, "Hillary Rodham Clinton", ancestry research by William Addams Reitwiesner, he mentions that she was living in 2006 in Washington, D.C.

Dorothy Rodham is mentioned, living in this article from 8 Dec 2007 which states that she is with her daughter on the campaign trail (or at least part of it).


Primary documentation for 3

  • 1920 Census of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois showing : [a rooming house or apartment building with] "Edwin Howell 22 Lodger Illinois/England/English Canada, Fireman Stationary; Della 17 Wife Illinois/English Canada/Michigan; Dorothy 7/12 Illinois"
  • 1930 Census of Alhambra, Los Angeles County, California showing : "Edwin J Howell, 60, Wales/Wales/Wales, married first at 25, Auto Machinist, immigrated in 1880, naturalized; Emma J 55, English Canada/New York/England, married first at 20; Dorthy 10, granddaughter, Illinois/Illinois/Illinois; Isabell Fern 5, granddaughter, Illinois/Illinois/Illinois"
  • News Record of North Hills, Pennsylvania, obituary of Hugh Rodham, Apr 11, 1993.
  • News Record of North Hills, Pennsylvania, Nov 24, 1994 "First lady's mom campaigns, hits Stones concert", The Associated Press (with picture) : "She grew up in Pasadena, Calif. Her father was Welsh, her mother was Scottish, French and Indian. One biographer said she "doesn't remember her childhood too fondly," but Hillary Clinton did not explain why. She met Hugh Rodham in 1937 while applying for a secretarial job at Columbia Lace Co., where he sold curtains. They married in 1942. She lives now in a comfortable home in a quiet Little Rock neighborhood."
  • US Public Records Database showing that "Dorothy R Rodham, born Jun 1919, living in Washington DC". She probably lived with or near the Clinton's when they were in the White House. This database is showing an address of "3131 Connecticut Ave NW"

Secondary sources for 3

Hugh Simpson Rodham

Hugh Simpson Rodham was born Aug 16, 1879 in Durham, England, the son of Jonathan Rodham and his wife Isabella Simpson. By 1900 the family had moved to Scanton, Pennsylvania which is probably where Hugh married his wife Hannah about 1906.

The family was there through the 1930 census and Hugh may have lived the remainder of his life in Scranton. Hugh Rodham died Mar 1965, probably in Pennsylvania.

Primary Sources for 4

  • 1881 Census of Kyo, Durham, England showing "Jonathan Rodham 37; Isabella Simpson Rodham 31; Thomas Bell Rodham 12; Margaret Rodham 10; Isabella Simpson Rodham 8; Joseph Rodham 6; William Robert Rodham 4; Jonathan Rodham 3; Hugh Rodham 1"
  • New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 showing "Arrival 9 Oct 1882; departed Liverpool, England; ship Alaska : Bella Rodham, 31, Matron; Thomas 11; Bella 9; Margt 9; Joseph 7; Wm 6; Hugh 2; John 4; Fanny 8 months"
  • 1900 Census of Scranton, Pennsylvania showing "Jonathon Rodham, 56; Isabella S 50; Margaret 29; Joseph 25; William R 24; Hugh 20; Elizabeth 18; Robert B 16; Wade 14; Ethel 12; George B 10"
  • WWII Draft Registration Card showing "Hugh Simpson Rodham, born 16 Aug 1879, resident of Lackawanna, Pennsylvania; born Durham, England, Name of Person who will always known your address: Mrs Hugh Rodham, Employer: Scranton Lace Company"

Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones was born about 1882/3 in Pennsylvania. She married Hugh Simpson Rodham about 1906 probably in Pennsylvania, possibly in Scranton. They lived in Scranton. She was evidently still living as late as when Hugh filled out his WWII Draft Registration Card, but there only named as "Mrs Hugh Rodham".

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Edwin John Howell, Jr

Edwin John Howell, Jr. was born Jan 20, 1897 in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, the son of Edwin John Howell and his wife, Emma Monk.

Edwin Jr moved to Chicago, and married secondly Della Murray about 1918. They lived in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois when their daughter Dorothy was born there in June 1919.

Edwin and Della divorced, probably in Chicago — (this article states in 1920, while this one states 1927). It was perhaps about this time that Dorothy and her younger sister, Isabelle (b. 1924) went to live with their grandparents in the Los Angeles area, one article stating that this was "when she was 8 years old".

Edwin Howell is probably that same one who died in 1946 in San Francisco.

Primary documentation for 6

  • 1910 Census of Elgin, Kane County, Illinois showing : "Edwin Howell, 43, married for the second time, 15 years ago, Eng/Eng/Eng, immigated in 1887, Machinist, Watch Factory, Rents Home; Emma 35, married for the first time, 15 years ago, mother of 1, 1 living, English Canada/New York/England, immigrated in 1876; Edwin 13 Illinois/England/English Canada"
  • WW1 Draft Registration Card showing : "Edwin John Howell Jr; 3006 Indiana Avenue, Chicago, Ill; born Jan 20, 1897; born in Elgin, Ill; Father born in Wales; Employer : Master Truck Comp of 3136 S Wabash, Chicago; Nearest Relative: Edwin J Howell Sr; Brown hair, brown eyes, no disabilities; Signed Edwin John Howell; registered Jun 5, 1918 Chicago"
  • 1920 Census of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois showing : [a rooming house or apartment building with] "Edwin Howell 22 Lodger Illinois/England/English Canada, Fireman Stationary; Della 17 Wife Illinois/English Canada/Michigan; Dorothy 7/12 Illinois"
  • 1930 Census of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois showing : "Della Chrysler, Head, 27, married, first at 21, IL/Scotland/French Canada, Dishwasher, Restaurant; Edwin Howell, Lodger, 33, Single, b IL/Bristol, England/New York, Chauffeur, Gen Hauling; Darwin Chrysler, son, 7, b OH/IL/NY; Lalon?, relative (male), 2 3/12, b IL/IL/IL"
  • Probably the same person as California Death Index, 1940-97 showing : "Edwin Howell, born 10 Jan 1897 Illinois, died 4 Jun 1946 San Francisco County, California; mother's maiden name Monk"

Secondary Sources for 6

Della Murray

This article states that her second marriage was to "...a Jew, a Chicago businessman named Max Rosenberg." It does appear likely however, that her second marriage was to a Mr Chrysler. Her marriage to Rosenberg took place in 1933.

Secondary Sources for 7

Jonathan Rodham

Isabelle Simpson

Mr Jones

Mrs Jones

Edwin John Howell

Primary documentation for 12

  • 1910 Census of Elgin, Kane County, Illinois showing : "Edwin Howell, 43, married for the second time, 15 years ago, Eng/Eng/Eng, immigated in 1887, Machinist, Watch Factory, Rents Home; Emma 35, married for the first time, 15 years ago, mother of 1, 1 living, English Canada/New York/England, immigrated in 1876; Edwin 13 Illinois/England/English Canada"

Emma Monk

Primary documentation for 13

  • 1910 Census of Elgin, Kane County, Illinois showing : "Edwin Howell, 43, married for the second time, 15 years ago, Eng/Eng/Eng, immigated in 1887, Machinist, Watch Factory, Rents Home; Emma 35, married for the first time, 15 years ago, mother of 1, 1 living, English Canada/New York/England, immigrated in 1876; Edwin 13 Illinois/England/English Canada"
  • Copied here from "Hillary Rodham Clinton", ancestry research by William Addams Reitwiesner, the obituary of her father John. "26 -- obituary in The Elgin Daily News 16 Jul 1916, p. 5: "John Monk, former town collector and for nearly forty years a cigar maker in this city, died at the Old Soldiers' Home, Danville, Ill., yesterday afternoon. His body will be brought to this city tonight. He had been ill for nearly two years. He gave up active work three years ago. Some time following his election as town collector a year ago, he was taken to St. Joseph's hospital for treatment. Three months ago he returned to the soldiers' home. Mr. Monk was well known in Elgin, especially among older residents. He was a veteran of the civil war and for many years a familiar figure at the reunions of the 'boys of '61'. Besides his widow, he is survived by a son, John Monk, of South Elgin, and two daughters, Mrs. Ed Howell and Mrs. Anno Andresen of this city. He also has several brothers."
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