Ron Paul is both the oldest (b.1935) and the most-German (87.5%) of the Republican presidential candidates in 2012. Perhaps it ought to be unsurprising, then, that he is also seen to be the strictest on fiscal policy.
Ron Paul himself is 87.5% German (50% Hessian, 37.5% of indeterminate region in Germany) and 12.5% Irish by ancestry.
Time of Ancestors’ Arrival in the USA
Earlier, is was speculated that Ron Paul sympathizes with immigration-restrictionism — He was already 32 and about to turn 33 when immigration policy in the USA was radically altered. Effective July 1968, racial limitations to immigration into the USA were abolished. Ron Paul himself remembers the earlier USA better than any other candidate. (See Ron Paul Remembers). Santorum was only 10 when immigration laws opened up in Summer ’68; Romney was 21.
At the same time, Ron Paul himself lacks deep American ancestry. He also lacks “Ellis-Island ancestry”. His ancestors all seem to have arrived after the Civil War but before the Ellis Island wave of ~1883-1913. It is unlikely, then, that he has any of that ‘Ellis Island Nostalgia’, common among many Northeastern Whites today, including Santorum.
Paul’s paternal great-grandparents were probably all Lutherans, the dominant form of Christianity in the Hessia of their day. Still today, Protestantism predominates in Hessia. Ron Paul himself was raised a Lutheran, though is now a Baptist. Two of his brothers became ordained Lutheran pastors. Less is known about his maternal side, but as Ron Paul’s mother married into a pious Lutheran family, it’s likely that Ron Paul’s three maternal German great-grandparents were also Protestants.
Deep European Ancestral Stock [Physical Anthropology]
If Ron Paul were not famous and walked the streets of any Central-German town, he would not raise an eyebrow. He has a face common in much of Germany.
Anthropologically, the consensus is that Paul displays two tendencies:
(1) Bruenn. An important population element in most of Europe, ‘Bruenn’ is a CroMagnid type, and is thus descended from the people who conquered Europe from the Neanderthals before the last Ice Age.
(2) North-Atlantid. Of partial ‘Nordish’ and partial Mesolithic or Neolithic origin. In the West-European context, ‘Neolithic’ refers to people of Mediterranean appearance who migrated to Europe around the time agriculture was spreading, and who form a minor part of the racial stock of modern Western-Europeans. North-Atlantid is a minor racial element in most of Europe, with the exception of certain areas of the British Isles, where it is more common.
Others suggest a minor (3) Alpinid influence, but this may be due to his advanced age. In the young photo posted above, Ron Paul displays no discernible Alpine influence in head shape, though he may slightly in nose shape.
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Following is a synopsis of known information about Ron Paul’s grandparents and their own ancestral stories.
Ron Paul’s Grandparents [Source]
(1) Casper Paul. [100% German]. He was born August 1866 in Hohenzell, Hessia, Prussia, which became the German-Empire when Casper was four. Caspar and his family emigrated to the USA in 1880 when Casper was 14 years of age. The family settled in western Pennsylvania, a region which many of Richard Nixon’s ancestors helped settle in the early days — though the Nixons had since moved west to Ohio by the time the Pauls arrived. Casper Paul became a dairy dealer, a job he held until retirement. In 1899, he married a Pennsylvania-born woman named Sophia. Sophia’s own ancestors were from Germany, too. In fact, they were from the same rural region of Hessia in Germany as was Casper himself.
Ron Paul’s Grandparents Visit a Hyperinflationary Germany
In the early 1920s, Casper and wife Sophia visited relatives in Hessia. This was the wild, hyperinflationary Germany, culminating in the pathetic but poetic scenes of wheelbarrows-full-of-notes to buy a load of groceries. It is possible that the impression the elder Pauls got from seeing Germany’s economic chaos percolated down to a young Ron Paul, who was born in 1935, and thereby helped to shape his own views on economics. It was, after all, ‘state intervention’ that crippled the German economy, in the form of the need to inflate to pay war-reparations. A tight, more-typically-German fiscal policy would never have allowed for hyperinflation. Something that suggests that this may be true is Ron Paul’s relatively regular references to 1920s-Germany’s hyperinflation in speeches. Ron Paul himself related the story of his grandparents’ visit to 1920s-Germany to reporters in 2011. This lends credence to the idea that it does animate his politics.
(2) Sophia Ziegler. [100% German]. Born in Pennsylvania in September 1874. Her parents — Johann Georg Ziegler and Gertrude Herche — had immigrated from Germany to Western Pennsylvania in 1866. They became naturalized American citizens in 1874. Her father was born in 1844 in Kressenbach, Hessia, while her mother and her parents were all born in Wallroth, Hessia. Both are rural hamlets a few miles southwest of the city of Fulda, and not far from the birthplace of Caspar Paul.
Amazingly, then, all of Ron Paul’s paternal ancestors several generations ago lived within a few miles of each other in Hessia, despite the fact that Sophia and Casper met each other in the 1890s in Western Pennsylvania.
This map should clarify the German origins of Ron Paul’s paternal ancestors:
(3) Joseph J. Dumont. [50% German, 50% Irish]. Born in Pennsylvania circa 1884. Joseph J. DuMont was a book-keeper at a grocery store. His mother was born in New York to Irish parents. I find no records on his mother’s surname, so anything about her would be pure speculation. His father is listed on several censuses as being of German birth. ‘DuMont’ is, of course, an unusual name for a German, suggesting the possibility of long-ago Huguenot ancestry. Here is a map of the DuMonts currently living in Germany:
DuMont Surname Distribution in Germany, courtesy of Geogen
(4) Lena ?. [100% German]. Born in ? circa 1884 in Pennsylvania. Both her parents are listed by several U.S. censuses as having been born in Germany (region indeterminate).
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