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Descendants Of Historical Figures Who Were Famous In Their Own Right

July 13, 2021 1.8k votes 283 voters 20k views12 items

List RulesVote up the historical descendants with their own claims to fame.

Like princesses who inherited their father's throne or actors who happened to be politically well-connected, plenty of important figures from the past had ancestors who were also historically significant. But just because they lived in the shadow of their ancestors' achievements doesn't mean they should be defined by those successes. Indeed, many descendants of historical figures did notable things in their own right.

Some famous figures in history capitalized on their family's wealth, privilege, and connections to stay in the family business and build on their ancestors' legacies; others charted new pathways in careers of their own making. But whether they inherited a land empire or helped create an information empire, all of these historical figures have one thing in common: They had ancestors who also are remembered in the annals of history.

Vote up the historical figures who successfully one-upped their ancestors.