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The Story of John Lothropp

Updated on August 22, 2010
Much Of America's Family Tree Begins WIth John Lothropp
Much Of America's Family Tree Begins WIth John Lothropp

The American Father

Throughout European History, Genealogy played an important role in shaping the Europe we know today. The Kings of England, Germany and Russian were related by marriage and blood. Wealth and power were passed down from generation to generation and new money was hard to come by.

The American Experience shows a different type of history. The United States is built on the philosophy that everyone has the chance to make it in America as long as they are able and willing to do the hard work. But what if the European way has some logic in it? What if it is really in the genes? There is some evidence that blood can play a huge role in developing those that come to power in America. Many of America's leaders can be traced to one man: John Lothropp. The American Father.

John Lothropp's Bible Still Sits Inside The Church He Founded In Barnstable
John Lothropp's Bible Still Sits Inside The Church He Founded In Barnstable
This Memorail Sits In Barnstable, The Town Lothropp Held Found
This Memorail Sits In Barnstable, The Town Lothropp Held Found

Who Is John Lothropp?

John Lothropp was born In England in 1584. Lothropp attended Queen's College in Cambridge and received an MA in 1609. Lathropp was ordained as a minister for the Church of England and began a parish in Kent.

In 1623, Lothropp renounced his orders and joined the Independent Cause. He came to prominance and replaced Henry Jacob at the First Independent Church of London. The Group was discovered by the Church of England and Lothropp was arrested. He was denied bail and his family went impoverished. Only because his wife had died and his six children were starving did the Bishop agree to release him.

In 1634, as part of the Agreement to release him, Lothropp left England for the New World. Lathropp arrived in America and after a few years settled in Barnstable, Massachusetts. There he founded a church that stands to this day. Lothropp had 13 children total.

Lothropp's Legacy
Lothropp's Legacy

The Descendents of John Lothropp

John Lothropp is not found in many American History Books. His story is hardly told. However, John Lothropp's legacy can be found all over America's History books. His bloodline flows through Presidents, religious leaders, scientists and other Americans who have shaped America's history.

Lothropp Descendent Franklin Roosevelt
Lothropp Descendent Franklin Roosevelt
Lothropp Descendent Ulysses S. Grant
Lothropp Descendent Ulysses S. Grant

Lothropp's Descendents

 While John Lothropp is now well known, his descendants certainly are.  Lothropp's descendants include four US Presidents.  (Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush)

Lothropp's Descendants have also resided in many State Houses across the Country.  Mitt Romney, George Romney, Sarah Palin, and Thomas E. Dewey are all descendants of Lothropp.

Other political leaders that are descendents of Lothrop include Benedict Arnold, Adlai Stevenson and Allen Dulles.

Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet is also a descendant of Lothropp.  As are Henry Longfellow, Eli Whitney, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. 

It is estimated that there are over 80,000 direct descendants of John Lothrop, many of whom became leaders in the New World Lothropp help develop.  Maybe there is something in the genes. 


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    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Researching various historical sites on the Internet. Nothing really about him directly that I liked so I wrote this. If you are descendant, you are a likley candidate to be President one day.

      Thanks for reading.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for this info! I'm a direct descendent of John Lowthropp (9th greatgrandfather). How did you find out about him and other descendants?

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I believe that you are commenting on my hub "God Hates America." But thanks for stopping by

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      8 years ago

      The Westboro Church is not a Christian church. It can best be described as a church which adheres tosomesections of the old testament of the Bible. If Fred thinks he's a Christian he's wrong.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thank you so much

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      Another winner! Enthralling story and unique subject. Well done! I enjoy this kind of stuff immensely. Thanks.


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