Tom Hanks Related to Abraham Lincoln

Tom Hanks is related to one of America’s most famous presidents, Abraham Lincoln, it has been revealed.

The Oscar-winning actor is the third cousin, four generations removed, of the assassinated leader through the president’s mother, Nancy Hanks.
Lincoln’s great-great-grand-father was John Hanks, who was also Tom’s great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.

Details of the genealogical link were revealed by Hanks, 56, as it was announced he will narrate a film called Killing Lincoln. “It’s odd to say the killing of Abraham Lincoln is an unknown story but it may as well be,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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