As for the first question, Cordell Hull (1871-1955) was a Spanish-American War veteran who represented Tennessee in the United States Congress, but is best known as serving F.D.R. as Secretary of State for 11 years (which means that he held that post longer than anyone else in American History). He was also received Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 and was recognized by his boss as the "Father of the United Nations" (which was established under his leadership). Hull was born in a log cabin but grew up to become a lawyer and political leader on a national scale.
On his mother's side he was descended from Isaac Riley, a Revolutionary War veteran who, for his service, was given 200 acres of Tennessee land this family holds the "distinction of the most documented ancestors to have fought in the Revolutionary War" by the Daughters of the American Revolution.* You can catch Cordell Hull being portrayed by actor George Macready in Tora! Tora! Tora! and by Charles Trowbridge in the film Sergeant York.
Regarding the second question, Cordell Hull and our Great-Great Grandmother Rebecca Hull (wife of William Bragg) were 8th cousins, making Dad and Cordell Hull 8th cousins three times removed.
|Thomas Hull b.1547|
|Joseph Hull b.1594
||George Hull b.1590|
|Samuel Hull b.1645||Lieutenant Cornelius Hull b.1628|
|Samuel Hull b.1678||Cornelius Hull b.1655|
|Samuel Hull b.1703||Nathaniel Hull b.1694|
|William Hull||Nathaniel Hull b.1726|
|Jesse Hull||Ezekiel Hull b.1765|
|Allen Brock Hull b.1811||Platt Hull b.1787|
|William Pascal Hull b.1841||Ezekiel Hull b.1813|
|Cordell Hull b.1871||Rebecca L. Hull b.1841|
|Frank Martin Bragg b.1867|
|Orval Bishop Bragg b.1895|
|Don Cicero Bragg b.1920|