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
Donald Trump's life leading up to the election
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.
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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.
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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.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - CIRCA 1983: Team Owner Donald Trump announces he has signed Herschel Walker to play running back for the New Jersey Generals in New Jersey. Walker played for the General form 1983-85.
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Trump owns a fleet of luxury helicopters.
Donald Trump, real estate mogul, entrepreneur, and billionare, utilizes his personal helicopter to get around on August 1987 in New York City.
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Trump was also notorious for befriending attractive supermodels. His first wife, Ivana, a Czech-American, was a member of the social elite.
Ivana Trump and Donald Trump are seen in December 1982 in New York City.
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No expense was spared for his belongings, as Donald Trump once paid the sultan of Brunei $30 million for a nearly 300-foot yacht.
American businessman Donald Trump and his wife Ivana sit at a table on board their luxury yacht The Trump Princess, anchored outside the Water Club, New York City, July 1988.
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To test the political waters, the potential Reform Party presidential candidate traveled to several areas to address party leaders.
New York real estate developer Donald Trump (L) answers questions as Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura looks on in Brooklyn Park, January 7. Trump said on Friday he "very well might" make a run for president under the Reform Party banner but had not made a final decision. "I'm looking very seriously if I can win," he told reporters. "And if I can win, I believe I can do a very good job." Trump came to Minnesota to raise money for the party's highest elected official, Governor Ventura, who made it clear that he and the New York developer were on the same wavelength.
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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
He also became the owner of the infamous Miss Universe beauty pageant for many years.
Donald Trump and Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady poses onstage after winning the 2013 Miss USA pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Unbeknownst to many, Donald Trump is a formidable opponent on the green. He owns 15 golf courses.
Donald Trump announced on Saturday, 11/9/02 a major addition to his West Coast properties as he purchased the Ocean Trails Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. He discussed the improvements and additions to the club to members of the Rancho Palos Verdes community on Saturday morning. Ocean Trails made headlines in 1999 when days before its scheduled opening, part of the course's 18th hole slid into the Pacific Ocean. The club will reopen in June, 2003 under Trump's direction.
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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, Stone Cold Steve Austin and WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley get ready to shave Vince McMahon's head after McMahons lost the main event of the night, 'Hair vs. Hair', between Vince McMahon and Donald Trump. WrestleMania 23 at Detroit's Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on April 1, 2007.
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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.
Donald Trump (C), flanked by his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., addresses the media in Chicago May 10, 2006. Trump was in Chicago to speak about his Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago that is being built on the old site of the Chicago Sun-Times building on the north side of the Chicago River.
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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)
As no stranger to the political process, Donald Trump was even acquainted with members of the judicial branch.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (L), serving as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, speaks to Donald Trump on the starting grid at the Daytona International Speedway February 14. JLS/ELD
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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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.