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Dennis John Kucinich (1946)

This article is copyright by Will Johnson, wjhonson@aol.com, Professional Genealogist 2007

Dennis John Kucinich

Dennis John Kucinich was born 8 Oct 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.

He was a Cleveland city councilman, first elected in 1968. 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 ran on the Democratic ticket for the US Presidential Election of 2008, but has since dropped out. His Democratic challengers were: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, Christopher Dodd, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and Mike Gravel.
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Lima News (Lima,Ohio) 25 Dec 1971 "Maverick Cleveland Democrat Say He'll Run for Congress" : "Dennis J Kucinich, a young maverick Democrat city councilman who bolted from his party's tight rein over Cuyahoga County to support Republican Ralph Perk in his successful mayoral campaign, Friday announced he was a candidate for Congress from Ohio's 23rd district."
"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.

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"Dennis Kucinich" on Wikipedia
Time Magazine, "Stickup Surge", 15 Jan 1979 : "Mayor Dennis Kucinich was withdrawing his personal savings from a local bank in protest because it demanded payment on its loans to the city, his brother Perry was making a far less publicized withdrawal at another Cleveland bank last month until he was caught and charged with bank robbery."
Marysville Journal Tribune (Marysville, Ohio), 2 Feb 1979, "Can Stand Trial" : "Akron, Ohio (AP) — US District Judge Leroy Contie Jr ruled today that the [sic] Perry Kucinich, the youngest brother of Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich, is not now competent to stand trial on a federal bank robbery charge. Contie ordered the 23-year-old to be committed indefinitely to a federal mental treatment facility at Springfield, Mo, but granted a 30-day delay to allow the defense lawyer to see if treatment could be arranged in Ohio."

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Frank J Kucinich was born 23 Dec 1922 in Ohio, possibly in Cleveland, to John Kuchinik and his wife Mary. He married Virginia A unknown, shortly before 1947. They had seven children: Dennis, Gary, Frank, Larry, Terry (female), Beth and Perry. Frank died 13 Jul 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Dennis John Kucinich, "Formal Announcement Speech", by Dennis Kucinich in which he names his six siblings
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"
Ohio Deaths showing : "Frank J Kucinich, est birth 1923, born US; resident of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; died Jul 13, 1983; died in Cleveland; Autopsy Yes; Married"
Social Security Death Index showing : "Frank Kucinich, born 23 Dec 1922; died Jul 1983; issued by Ohio before 1951; last residence Cleveland"
US Public Records Database showing that Beth was born 1960, and Perry was born 1955
US Public Records Database showing that Frank was born in 1948
US Public Records Database showing that Gary was born in 1951
US Public Records Database showing that Larry was born in 1957

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Time Magazine, "Stickup Surge", 15 Jan 1979 : "Mayor Dennis Kucinich was withdrawing his personal savings from a local bank in protest because it demanded payment on its loans to the city, his brother Perry was making a far less publicized withdrawal at another Cleveland bank last month until he was caught and charged with bank robbery."

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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"

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1920 Census of Unity, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania showing : "Stephen Kucinick, 29, born Austria; Mary 26, John 3 10/12; Peter 2 10/12, Paul 2 10/12, Anna 11/12; Jacob Bozochick 20; Joseph Matozlritz 25; Charles Murlenoh 29; Samuel Wacawich 35; John Bizich 26"
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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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"