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BUCHANAN, James (1791-1868) 15th US President

Scots-Irish descent.

BUICK, David Dunbar (1854-1929) Founder of the Buick Motor Company

Born Arbroath, Angus, Scotland. Buick cars became a cornerstone of the General Motors leviathan and over 35,000,000 cars were built in his name. He also invented the overhead valve (OHV) engine which is still used in the vast majority of cars produced today. He was also responsible for the invention of the technique for coating cast iron baths with vitreous enamel.

BURNSIDE, Ambrose Everett (1824-1881) US General



Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, US.

Formed by merger of Carnegie Institute of Technology, founded by Scottish industrialist  Andrew Carnegie in 1900, and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, founded in 1913 by Andrew and Richard Mellon.

CARNEGIE, Andrew (1835 – 1918)

Born Dunfermline, Scotland. U.S. iron and steel magnate. Gave a considerable proportion of his fortune to educational endowments, including libraries and over 10,000 church organs. He funded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace which went on to found the Hague Academy of International Law, and the Peace Palace at The Hague to house the Permanent Court of Arbitration.


CARTER, Jimmy (b. 1924) 39th US President

Scots-Irish and English descent.

DAVIDSON, Arthur, Walter & Willam with William S Harley (Founders of Harley Davidson motorcycles)


Their father Alexander “Sandy” Davidson emigrated to the US from an estate near Brechin, Scotland, with his wife and six children in 1858

FILLMORE, Millard (1800-1874) 13th US President

Scots-English Descent.

GRANT, Ulysses S (1822-1885) 18th US President

Scottish descent.

HAMILTON, Alexander (1755 or 1757-1804) Bank of New York

Diaspora. Born in Charlestown, capital of the island of Nevis in the Leeward Islands. His father, James A Hamilton was the fourth son of Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange, Ayrshire. Alexander the younger was a founding father of the United States and one of the most influential men of his generation. Among his many achievements he established the nation’s financial system including the US Mint, and founded the Bank of New York.

JONES, John Paul (1747-1792) Captain US Continental Navy

Born in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Scotland, he was a Scottish sailor who settled in the United States and joined the Continental Navy, precursor to the US Navy, as it was being formed circa 1775. In 1776 he had the honour of hoisting the first US ensign over a naval vessel. He was a captain who relished a fight and did much to frustrate the British during the Revolutionary War. When peace ensued he joined the Imperial Russian Navy. He died in Paris in 1792, having been honoured by the French government, and was buried there in a small cemetery which gradually c hanged in use to become a garden, and his grave was lost. In 1905 the US Ambassador to France, found the grave after a five year search, and his coffin returned to America aboard the USS Brooklyn escorted by other USS vessels. His remains are now contained within a magnificent bronze and marble sarcophagus at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis. He has been described as Father of the United States Navy.

SCOT, Robert. (Silversmith and engraver who designed and made the Great Seal of the United States)

When Scotsman Alexander Hamilton founded the American mint he employed Edinburgh born Scot as chief engineer where he designed American coinage, banknotes, medals, other seals and revenue stamps.

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