For whatever the differences between Gov. Romney and President Obama, it might surprise some that they have more in common than meets the eye.

To the Editor:

For whatever the differences between Gov. Romney and President Obama, it might surprise some that they have more in common than meets the eye. They are distant cousins because they share a common ancestor in King Edward I of England (1239-1307).

A genealogy website reports King Edward was the "eldest son of King Henry III and the father of numerous children by his two wives, Queens Eleanor and Margaret. King Edward was perhaps the most successful of the medieval English monarchs. Known as 'Longshanks' due to his great height and stature, King Edward stood head and shoulders above other men of his time, at 6 feet 2 inches."

The two contenders for president have inherited King Edward's genes for height as Romney is 6 feet 2 inches and Obama is 6 feet 1 inch.

They are also related to our founding fathers: Obama is a cousin to George Washington; Romney is a cousin to Thomas Jefferson; and both are cousins to James Madison.

All of this demonstrates that genealogy can be a fascinating subject of study.

Lee H. Lybarger
Delaware