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New Amsterdam - Famous Descendants

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  • Dennis Hopper (1936 - 2010)
    Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker and artist, with a career that spanned half of the 20th century. Hopper was best known for directing and acting in the 1969 movie Easy Rider which won...
  • Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA (1858 - 1919)
    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th...
  • Humphrey Bogart (1899 - 1957)
    Humphrey DeForest Bogart was American actor who became a preeminent motion picture “tough guy” and was a top box office attraction during the 1940s and '50s. In his performances he projected the image ...
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794 - 1877)
    Cornelius Vanderbilt (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877), also known by the sobriquet Commodore,[1] was an American entrepreneur. He built his wealth in shipping and railroads and was the patriarch of t...
  • Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the USA (1782 - 1862)
    Fue el octavo Presidente de los Estados Unidos The eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841. Before his presidency, he served as the eighth Vice President (1833-1837) and the 10th Se...



This project provides an overview of notable, direct descendants of New Amsterdam immigrants (1609-1674).

Wikipedia provides an interesting overview of famous Americans of Dutch descent. On this Geni page, we focus only on direct descendants from the 1609-1674 immigration (not necessarily of Dutch origin).

Famous New Amsterdam descendants


Media & Entertainment



  • Myndert Van Schaick, founder of New York University

Arts & Literature

  • Keith Haring, artist and social activist
  • John Updike, novelist and poet