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I want to use well-connected in the context of

The James family was a well-connected family in ...

Can someone suggest better ways to say it? I want it to mean that that particular family was well known in the area, was well respected, and had clout.

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Well-connected seems like a great choice, but you could also try:

Prominent or influential or a combination of both:

The James family was a prominent and very influential family in the community...

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I like influential, particularly if you want to convery clout. – J.R. Apr 14 '12 at 22:04
Good choices, but in both the question and the answer the double usage of "family" bothers me. I'd prefer, "The James family was prominent and very influential in the community..." or something similar. – Ben Hocking Apr 14 '12 at 22:20

You could say the family was a pillar of the community. See definition.

Well-connected works, too.

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