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10 Facts You Didnt Know About Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney (Photos)

Mitt Romney

Facts, facts, facts. In this Presidential race, it seems like all we’re hearing about these days are facts: ones that are wrong, and ones that have apparently never been checked.

When it comes to Mitt Romney, there are a few facts out there that only his children and grandchildren can check on, that is. Known as “papa” (or maybe even “big papa” but don’t quote us on that), by his grandchildren, Mitt is a family man who likes to keep his children close and his grandchildren closer. Did you know that during the beginning of his marriage to his wife Ann, they began raising their family in a basement apartment as undergraduates at Brigham Young University? Or that his mother was once a Hollywood actress that put her career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom? Or that Ann Romney (known as “Mamie’) loves to take her granddaughters out for lunch dates to get their nails done, just like many other proud grandmas out there?

While there are probably many things we don’t know about the man who might or might not become the next President of the United States, one thing is for certain: he has one of the most interesting family histories with British, Mexican and Mormon roots (talk about a real American melting pot in one, right?). Check out our top ten facts about Mitt Romney’s family and let us know what you think!

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  • Feeling British 1 of 10
    Feeling British
    Mitt Romney can trace the majority of his family tree to one country: England. His great-great grandfather, Miles Romney, was a carpenter from Preston, England, where he and his wife, Elizabeth, were converted by Mormon missionaries and then came to the United States in the early 1800s. Source via via ABC News
  • ….And On To Utah 2 of 10
    ....And On To Utah
    After his family line hopped the pond to America, Romney's great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, became the first of Romney's ancestors to practice polygamy, having four wives and 30 children. Source via via ABC News
  • Hollywood Roots 3 of 10
    Hollywood Roots
    While you won't find any blockbuster hits on Lenore Romney's IMDB page, Mitt Romney's mom was a blossoming Hollywood actress before marrying his dad. The Utah-native bolted through high school and college, finishing each a year early, to jet off to the American Laboratory School of Theatre in New York. She was soon spotted by talent scouts, offered an apprentice acting contract and moved to Hollywood. Source via via ABC News
  • And She Was A Stay At Home Mom Too! 4 of 10
    And She Was A Stay At Home Mom Too!
    After leaving her acting career at the altar, Romney was a stay-at-home mom for the remainder of her life, although she was extremely active politically as both the first lady of Michigan and the wife of a cabinet secretary. Source via via ABC News
  • First Death 5 of 10
    First Death
    And this was before those Twitter death hoaxes. His parents were once notified of his death while Mitt was away on a Mormon mission trip in France. The car he was driving was hit by an intoxicated Catholic priest. His passenger was killed and he was seriously injured. Source via via Baby Center
  • One Big Family 6 of 10
    One Big Family
    They have five sons, five daughters-in-law, and 18 grandchildren. Their first son was born while they were undergraduates at Brigham Young University living in a basement apartment. Their last two grandchildren were twin boys born via a surrogate. Source via via Baby Center
  • Family Facts 7 of 10
    Family Facts
    Taggart Romney: Born in 1970. Tagg works in marketing and is married to Jennifer. Matthew Romney: Born in 1971. Matt works in real estate and is married to Laurie. Joshua Romney: Born in 1975. Josh is a real estate developer and is married to Jen. Benjamin Romney: Born in 1978. Ben is a medical student and is married to Andelynne. Miscarriage: According to Allen G. Breed, Ann and Mitt lost a baby boy "several months into her pregnancy." However, CNN reported "the couple suffered a miscarriage" around 1991. Craig Romney: Born in 1981. Craig is an advertising music producer and is married to Mary. Source via via BuzzFeed
  • Mexican Roots, Too 8 of 10
    Mexican Roots, Too
    His father was born in Mexico and many of his relatives still reside south of the border. In 2010, his cousin, Meredith Romney, was kidnapped by Mexican criminals and held captive in a cave for three days before his ransom was paid. Source via via Baby Center
  • Papa And Mamie 9 of 10
    Papa And Mamie
    Many of the Romney grandchildren have appeared on the trail at varying points, and call Ann "Mamie" and Mitt "Papa." Source via via CBS News
  • Protective Grandchildren 10 of 10
    Protective Grandchildren
    In an interview with CBS Greensboro affiliate WFMY, Mrs. Romney grinned while telling a story about 8-year-old Mia, one of her 18 grandchildren, who seems to sense the stress her grandfather is under. "Last time she was with Mitt, I saw her putting her arm around him and then stroking his arm, and I thought, 'I've never seen her do that before!'" Mrs. Romney said. "And I asked her about it, and she just said, 'Oh I just wanted to let Papa know that I love him.'" Source via via CBS News

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