How Donald Trump’s family came to America

Frederick Trump (left), the grandfather of President Donald Trump (right). Donaldson Collection/Getty Images; Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Frederick Trump (left), the grandfather of President Donald Trump (right). Donaldson Collection/Getty Images; Joshua Roberts/Reuters

By Ashley Collman For Insider

  • President Trump has come under fire after tweeting Sunday that four non-white Congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
  • Many labeled the comments racist and anti-immigrant. The women are Americans.
  • Trump’s ancestry in America goes back three generations. His grandfather came from Germany in 1885, and his mother came from Scotland in 1929.

President Trump has come under fire this week after telling four non-white congresswomen that they should “go back and help fix” the “places from which they came.”

Many have labeled the comments racist and anti-immigrant, as the women are Americans.

The mayor of Kallstadt, Germany, where Trump’s grandfather was born, told the Washington Post on Tuesday that Trump should think about where his own family comes from before making such remarks.

“Seeing the not-so-imposing homes of his ancestors might bring him back to earth,” Thomas Jaworek said.

Trump’s family comes from a relatively recent stock of American immigrants, who have been here for a little more than 130 years.

Here is the history of how the first Trumps came to America and planted the seeds of the family’s legacy.

Donald Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Drumpf, was born on March 14, 1869, in Kallstadt, Germany.
The town of Kallstadt, Germany is seen in January 2016. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
Source: The Washington Post

The Drumpf family was not wealthy, and their financial situation became even more desperate when Friedrich’s father, a winemaker named Johannes, died when the boy was just 8.
Kallstadt was then, and is still today, a wine-making region. Uwe Anspach/picture alliance via Getty Images
Source: The Washington Post

Friedrich was too frail to work in the family’s vineyard, so he was sent to another town to apprentice as a barber.
Above is an aerial view of Kallstadt. The Heinz family also comes from the town. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
Source: The Washington Post

When he came back two-and-a-half years later, he realized that Kallstadt was too small to need another barber, so he started plotting a move to America, where one of his sisters was already living.
76 Forsyth Street, where Trump lived with his sister when he first moved to New York, is seen above. Google Streetview
Source: The Washington Post

On October 7, 1885, then 16-year-old Friedrich fled his home in the middle of the night and made his way toward Bremen to catch a ship to America. He left a note behind for his mother, explaining his plan.
Trump was processed at Castle Garden, in lower Manhattan, after arriving in America. Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images
Source: The Washington Post, The New York Times

When he got to New York, he moved in with his sister and her husband, in what is now the Lower East Side. He worked as a barber, and moved several times over the next few years.
Frederick Trump is pictured in 1887, when he would have been about 18 years old. Donaldson Collection/Getty Images
Source: The New York Times

Ambitious Friedrich, who was now going by Frederick Trump, got antsy again, and with news of gold being found in the Pacific Northwest, he moved to Seattle and opened a restaurant.
A map of Seattle shows how it looked in 1891, the year Trump moved to the city. CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
Sources: The New York Times, The Gotham Center for New York History

Ahead of the US presidential election in 1892, Friedrich became a naturalized American citizen with tens of thousands of others who were allowed to register to vote in Washington for the first time. He swore that he entered the US when he was under 18, that “he has behaved as a man of good moral character”, and renounced any loyalty to Germany.
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