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Stanley Armour Dunham
March 23, 1918(1918-03-23) – February 8, 1992 (aged 73)
Stanley Dunham.jpg
Stanley Dunham, serving in the U.S. Army.
Place of birth Wichita, Kansas, USA
Place of death Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Resting place Punchbowl National Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Sergeant
Unit 1830th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Company
Third Army
Battles/wars World War II
Relations Madelyn Lee Payne (spouse)
Stanley Ann Dunham (daughter)
Barack Obama (grandson)
Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour (parents)[1]
Other work Salesman

Stanley Armour Dunham (March 23, 1918 – February 8, 1992) was the American grandfather of U.S. President Barack Obama. He and his wife Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham raised Obama from the age of 10 in Honolulu, Hawaii.[2][3]


Early life

Dunham was born in Wichita, Kansas, the second child of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour. His father's ancestors settled in Kempton, Indiana in the 1840s, before relocating to Kansas.[4] His parents were married in Wichita at a home on S. Saint Francis St. and opened The Travelers' Cafe on William Street, sandwiched between the old firehouse and the old Wichita City Hall.[5][6]

In 1926, at age 8, Stanley sadly discovered his mother's body after she had committed suicide at the age of 26. Following his mother's suicide he was, like most people, shocked, and his father abandoned the family, and Stanley and his older brother, Ralph Emerson Dunham, were sent to live with their maternal grandparents in El Dorado, Kansas.[7] A rebellious teenager, he allegedly punched his high school principal and spent some time drifting, hopping rail cars to Chicago, then California, then back again.[8] Stanley married Madelyn Payne on May 5, 1940, which was the night of Madelyn's senior prom.[9]

Adult life


World War II

After the outbreak of World War II, Stanley Dunham enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on January 18, 1942, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served in Europe with the 1830th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Company, Aviation. During D-Day, this unit helped to support the 9th Air Force. They were deployed in France six weeks after D-Day.[10] Stanley’s older brother Ralph Emerson Dunham, great-uncle to Barack, landed at Normandy's Omaha Easy Red beach on D-Day plus four.[11][12] Before the Invasion of Normandy, the brothers once met accidentally while Stanley went in search of rations at the Hotel Russell in London, where Ralph happened to be staying.[10] Madelyn gave birth to a daughter they named Stanley Ann, who was later known as Ann, at Fort Leavenworth on November 29, 1942. During the war, Madelyn Dunham worked on a Boeing B-29 assembly line in Wichita.[13][14]

Post-World War II

After two years of military service in Europe (1943–1945), Stanley was discharged from the U.S. Army on August 30, 1945. After the war, the family moved to Berkeley, California and then eventually back to El Dorado, Kansas, where Stanley managed a furniture store. In 1955, Stanley and Madelyn moved to Seattle, Washington, where he worked as a salesman for the Standard-Grunbaum Furniture Company, and where their daughter Stanley Ann attended Eckstein Middle School. They lived in an apartment in the Wedgewood Estates in the Wedgwood, Seattle neighborhood. In 1956 they moved to the Shorewood Apartments on Mercer Island, a Seattle suburb, where they lived until 1960 and where their daughter Ann attended Mercer Island High School. In 1957 Stanley began working for the Doces Majestic Furniture Company.[15][16][17]


Madelyn and Stanley Dunham then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he found a better furniture store opportunity. Madelyn started working at the Bank of Hawaii in 1960, and was promoted as one of the first female bank vice presidents in 1970.[18][19] In 1970s Honolulu, both women and the minority white population were routinely the target of discrimination.[20]

In Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father, he mentions, "One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my grandfather's shoulders as the astronauts from one of the Apollo missions arrived at Hickam Air Force Base after a successful splashdown." After the Obama marriage fell apart, the young Barack spent four years with his mother and her second husband in Jakarta, Indonesia. He returned to the United States at age ten to live with his maternal grandparents in the Makiki district of Honolulu and enrolled in the fifth grade at the Punahou School. The tuition fees for the prestigious preparatory school were paid with the aid of scholarships. Ann would later come back to Hawaii and pursue graduate studies; she eventually earned a PhD in anthropology and went on to be employed on development projects in Indonesia and around the world helping impoverished women obtain microfinance. When she returned to Indonesia in 1977 for her Masters' fieldwork, Obama stayed in the United States with his grandparents. Obama writes in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, "I’d arrived at an unspoken pact with my grandparents: I could live with them and they'd leave me alone so long as I kept my trouble out of sight."[21][22]


Dunham died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1992 and is buried in the Punchbowl National Cemetery. His widow Madelyn took care of her daughter in Hawaii in the months before Ann died in 1995 at age 52.[21] Her last interview was in 2004, on the occasion of her grandson's keynote address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention.[9][23]


Dunham's heritage consists of English and other European ancestors who settled in the American colonies during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Stanley’s first ancestor to be born in the United States was Jonathan Singletary Dunham, born in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1640.[24][25] The most recent native European ancestor was Falmouth Kearney, a farmer who emigrated from Moneygall, County Offaly, Ireland during the Great Irish Famine and settled in Jefferson Township, Tipton County, Indiana, United States. Kearney's youngest daughter, Mary Ann (Kearney) Dunham, was Stanley Dunham's paternal grandmother.[26]

Stanley Armour Dunham’s distant cousins include six US presidents: James Madison, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.[27] Through a common ancestor, Mareen Duvall, a wealthy Huguenot merchant who emigrated to Maryland in the 1650s, Stanley Dunham is related to former Vice-President Dick Cheney (an eighth cousin once removed).[6] Through another common ancestor, Hans Gutknecht, a Swiss German from Bischwiller, Alsace whose three sons resettled in Germantown, Pennsylvania as well as the Kentucky frontier in the mid-1700s, Stanley Dunham is President Harry S. Truman's fourth cousin, twice removed.[28][29][30]

Jacob Mackey Dunham
Jacob William Dunham
Louise Eliza Stroup
Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr.
Falmouth Kearney
Mary Ann Kearney
Charlotte Holloway
Stanley Armour Dunham
George W Armour
Harry Ellington Armour
Nancy Ann Childress
Ruth Lucille Armour
Christopher Columbus Clark
Gabriella Clark
Susan Catherine Overall
Stanley Ann Dunham
Benjamin F Payne
Charles Thomas Payne
Eliza C Black
Rolla Charles Payne
Robert Wolfley
Della L Wolfley
Rachel Abbott
Madelyn Lee Payne
Harbin Wilburn McCurry
Thomas Creekmore McCurry
Elizabeth Edna Creekmore
Leona Belle McCurry
Joseph Samuel Wright
Margaret Belle Wright
Frances Allred

Ancestry chart source: New England Historic Genealogical Society[31]


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  4. ^ See The Dunham House.
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  25. ^ "Family tree". Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
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  30. ^ Fornek, Scott (2007-09-09). "Catherine Goodnight Dunham:Six degrees of Barack Obama". Chicago Sun-Times.,BSX-News-wotreec09.stng. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  31. ^ "Partial Ancestor Table: President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.". New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 

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