History has always had a tendency to repeat itself, hasn't it?
For the Grimsditch family, it all goes back to the origins of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Like its non-magical side a century later, it was a government founded on the bones of heavy loss. As the result of the Salem Witch Trials, the International Statute of Secrecy was introduced, and with it, a new sense of secrecy that demanded a new governing entity for the freshly-formed society. Josiah Jackson was seen as a fit president, presumably embodying all the qualities the wizards of the region wanted in their leader: strong, courageous, and not easily deterred by the acts of aggression stemming from the Salem Witch Trials. Among the first tasks he and his new government undertook was the trial of the Scourers, but it wasn’t possible without the original twelve aurors. They’d required a body that would be able to protect and defend their rights and lives from those who means harm, and successfully found it when Robert Grimsditch and another 11 wizards volunteered. Knowing very well the ultimate sacrifice their job might require, they still undertook the responsibilities, thus earning them the respect of the rest of the country. That respect is still seen towards their descendants to this day.
Although Robert’s descendants were not as politically active as Gondulphus Graves’, they’ve all been careful not to tarnish the family’s reputation. Most pursued scholarly careers, preferring to teach over fight, create over destroy, and act instead of blindly promise. For well over three centuries, the Grimsditch family did well to avoid falling under the political limelight, but it all came to a screeching halt when Adam Grimsditch became of age. Though he was the son of two respected Ilvermorny professors, Adam Grimsditch was the kind of man who upheld the rules and always wanted to see justice served. He wasn’t rancorous, of course, but he was the kind of young boy who refused to let a problem go if he felt someone had been done wrong and it hadn’t been fixed. It often got him in trouble with his professors and his family. They wanted him to be like his siblings: quiet, well-behaved, malleable. He was unabashedly bold, and often spoke of his dream to become the Head Auror at MACUSA. While his family was disappointed in what he wanted to do with his life, they weren’t any less supportive of his aspirations than they were of his younger sister’s ambition to become the next Headmistress of Ilvermorny. Though she didn’t see complete success, only ever reaching Deputy Headmistress, Adam thrived in unimaginable ways. He joined the auror force at the young age of 17, freshly out of Ilvermorny. He didn’t graduate with the #1 spot in his class, only because he took two years in one and relied on summer breaks to cut ahead of his peers. Had he dedicated more time, the fruits of his labors would have certainly been a lot better. Still, ranking 8 of over 200 was definitely something good.
After successfully completing three years of training, Adam quickly rose through the ranks. By age 25, he was already Deputy Head Auror, but it wasn’t enough for the ambitious man. He worked diligently, arriving early and leaving late. His record was phenomenal. Eventually, his savviness as an auror caught the attention of Alexandra Wilkinson. She, like him, was a descendant of one of the original twelve, but she didn’t share their - and by extension his - respect for their “duty”. She was a politician through and through, working as Secretary of Foreign Relations. She was a force to be reckoned with, but she was still a big political target. When faced with a conference she needed to attend all the way in Ireland, she specifically requested him to be her security detail. Much to his chagrin, it was approved, and they were soon sent off to Ireland. Initially, they didn’t really mesh well. He’d been about to close a very important case when he was pulled to Ireland, and was thus very annoyed. Looking at her was enough to remind him and make him angry all over again. Meanwhile, she was offended by his very thoughts. It certainly made for some lengthy arguments. Nonetheless, as time went on, they found themselves bickering less and less with each other and instead getting to know one another better. By the time they’d returned, they certainly weren’t friends, but they didn’t want to get into a fistfight every time they made eye contact. It was progress. Following their return, they quickly realized they had some friends in common; friends who cheekily set them up on a blind date. Those same friends continue to be very smug about the fact that, three years later, they were married and already welcoming their firstborn child.
Even when they started building a family together, Adam and Alexandra didn’t slow down in their careers. If anything, it was the encouragement they needed to work harder. If not for themselves, then to provide their children with everything they needed and cared for. This motivation is primarily what spurred Adam to work his way up to Head of the Department of Aurors, and Alexandra towards accepting a job as Chief of Staff. It wasn’t what she was used to, but it did set her on course to become Vice President of the United States, which she’s been told once or twice she was very good at. Over time, their family grew exponentially. What was just a family of two slowly became a family of fourteen. Twelve children was a lot, no doubt, but their shared wealth and the endless support they received from their likewise large families helped a lot. Even growing up in front of the entire country, Adam Jr., Alexandra Jr., Richard, Taylor, Siobhan, Noah, Wesley, Wyatt, Brooklyn, Lucas, Dansby, and Simon thrived - or at least that’s what everyone thinks. While we won’t go into the details of it all, some certainly fell by the wayside. But, for the most part, Adam and Alexandra juggled their children and careers exceptionally. In 2034, Alexandra campaigned with a Presidential Candidate as VP, and won the election. She served as Vice President until January of 2043, when she was forced to vacate the office as the law mandates. Sadly, the new occupants of the White House are, ah, unsavory people who will no doubt run the country to the ground, much like Alistair Fitzgerald did to the magical UK, and much like Donald Trump did to the no-maj United States. As hints of the fallout began to emerge, Alexandra and Adam, who by that point had already retired and taken a more “supportive husband” kind of role, began to send their kids off one by one to the United Kingdom, where they were hoping they’d have to deal with as little of their new problem as possible.
The plan, until now, is to wait until the next elections, at which point Alexandra will run for President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America.