it possible we could have a President Sibelius? Probably not, but
people are beginning to mention Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas,
as a dark-horse candidate for 2008. A cursory search fails to reveal
whether Sebelius's husband Gary, son of former Congressman Keith
Sebelius, is of Finnish descent, or related in any way to the great
symphonist. (Via Alex Star.)
Comments by Michael Kaulkin:
Sebelius and Sibelius
So, Alex Ross wonders whether Kansas Governer Kathleen Sebelius is related to composer Jean Sibelius.
I havent had time this week for my planned real post, so ok, Ill
bite. Being a bit of a genealogy nerd, I have access to some resources,
and heres the answer:
I dont know.
But, I do know these things:
- Jean Sibelius, although known as a Finnish composer, was ethnically
Swedish (as many Finns are today; Finland is a bilingual
- Governor Sebelius husband Gary is the great grandson of a
Christian Sebelius, who identifies Sweden as his birthplace in the 1900
- Gary Sebelius grandfather, Carl, was a dentist. No real value here, but isnt it kind of creepy that I can find that out?
No luck figuring out where in Sweden Christian came from. But, he
was a contemporary of Jean Sibelius (whose real name, interestingly,
was Johan Julius Christian Sibelius). Jean Sibelius was born in
Hameen- linna, which was part of Russia at the time, not Sweden.
Still, dollars to doughnuts, they are related, if distantly. Thats
my educated hunch. Regardless, I agree with Mr. Ross that it would be
lovely to have a president named Sebelius.
I do loves me some Sibelius.