Donald Trump's approach to military service is well established — the president-elect avoided the draft five times, once for bad feet — but it turns out his grandfather shared his reluctance to head to the front line for his country.
Friedrich Trump, Donald's grandfather on his father Fred's side, was kicked out of Germany in 1905 for failing to complete mandatory service, according to a royal decree unearthed by a historian and submitted to German newspaper Bild.
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Donald Trump's life leading up to the election
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Bound for the rigors of business school in the future, Donald Trump received discipline at an early age by attending a military academy. There, he reportedly excelled in extracurricular activities such as being the Honor Cadet.
Donald Trump in the New York Military Academy's 1964 yearbook
As someone who loves the art of negotiation, Donald Trump was able to negotiate New York City to provide a 40-year tax abatement for the Grand Hyatt Hotel — the first ever granted to a commercial property.
Governor Hugh Carey points to an artists' conception of the new New York Hyatt Hotel/Convention facility that will be build on the site of the former Commordore Hotel, June 28, 1978. (AP Photo)
Master renovator: Trump offered to renovate decrepit areas in need, such as a long-closed ice-skating rink, at no profit to himself, after the city's renovation effort went through five years of delays and more than double the original cost estimate.
Developer Donald Trump, right, poses with New York City's Park Commissioner Henry Stern holding a pair of ice skates that are intended for use at the Wollman Skating Rink Central Park in New York, Aug. 7, 1986. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett)
Trump's enterprise also stretched out into sports, where he was the original owner of the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.
In this March 8, 1984 photo, Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker in New York after agreement on a 4-year contract with the New Jersey Generals USFL football team. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)
Trump owns a fleet of luxury helicopters.
Donald Trump poses in front of one of three Sikorsky helicopters at New York Port Authority's West 30 Street Heliport on March 22, 1988. (AP Photo/Wilbur Funches)
Trump also enjoys tennis — he even played a round, wearing his traditional suit, against the legendary Serena Williams.
Developer Donald Trump talks with his former wife Ivana Trump during the men's final at the U.S. Open September 7, 1997. REUTERS/File Photo
Trump was also notorious for befriending attractive supermodels. His first wife, Ivana, a Czech-American, was a member of the social elite.
Donald Trump and his wife, Ivana, pose outside the Federal Courthouse after she was sworn in as a United States citizen, May 1988. (AP Photo)
No expense was spared for his belongings, as Donald Trump once paid the sultan of Brunei $30 million for a nearly 300-foot yacht.
In this July 4, 1998 photo, Donald Trump waves to reporters with his former wife, Ivana, as they board their yacht "The Trump Princess" in New York. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
Being the entertaining host, Trump also spared no expense in providing a spectacular show for friends and family.
Developer and multi-millionaire Donald Trump (R) watches as ex-wife Marla Maples gets a kiss from Earl Sinclair of TV's 'Dinosaurs' during lunch at the Trump Plaza Hotel November 2, 1992. REUTERS/Henry Ray Abrams
As a self-proclaimed family man, Trump attended many public events and television shows with his family, even before his current campaign.
Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump attend U.S. Open Tennis Tournament on August 30, 1991 at Flushing Meadows Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Sometimes, negotiating can be a tough sport. What better way to exert your dominance by taking the center stage among the world's most bombastic figures?
Donald Trump, left, and Bobby Lashley, right shave the head of Vince McMahon after Lashley defeated Umaga Detroit, Sunday, April 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Trump famously launched his presidential campaign in June 2015 by coming down an escalator in Trump Tower. Since then, he has weathered waves of controversy to become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
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As the fog of the political battlefield has cleared on the Republican side, Trump is now preparing for a likely battle with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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Trump made his final appeal to voters in swing-states as the contentious campaign drew to a close.
Donald Trump speaks at a rally at SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH, on Nov. 7, 2016, the night before election day. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
President-elect Trump at his election night party at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during his election night event. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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He was permanently banished for emigrating to the U.S. in 1885 without giving the authorities notice of his departure, thus blocking his repatriation and establishing the Trump family in America for good.
Historian Roland Paul turned up a document ordering "American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump" to leave what's now called the Rhineland-Palatinate region "at the very latest on 1 May," the Guardianreports. He'd been born there in 1869 but had escaped to the United States as part of the gold rush. Having made his fortune and avoiding service, he tried to resettle in Germany to no avail.
"Friedrich Trump emigrated from Germany to the USA in 1885," Paul told Bild. "However, he failed to de-register from his homeland and had not carried out his military service, which is why the authorities rejected his attempt at repatriation."
The handwritten letter has been found in a German archive in which Donald Trump's grandfather unsuccessfully fought his expulsion from the country for failing to perform mandatory military service (Image: APLandesarchiv Speyer via AP)
Trump wrote to Bavarian Prince Luitpold begging the "well-loved, noble, wise and just" leader not to deport him, the Associated Press reports. The request was rejected, laying the groundwork for the impending Trump dynasty.
In fact, Friedrich Trump traveled back to the U.S. after the ruling on a steamship with Elizabeth while she was three months pregnant with Trump's dad Fred, never to live in his native Kallstadt again.
Friedrich Trump grew up in the village of Kallstadt. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 16 in 1885. (Image: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)
Friedrich went on to become a businessman in the U.S., owning a hotel and several restaurants. His wife Elizabeth and their son Fred expanded it into the Elizabeth Trump and Son real estate business, which Donald subsequently grew into Trump Organization LLC.
And the rest, as we know, is a very sorry history.