Birth Name: Brian David Schweitzer
Place of Birth: Havre, Montana
Date of Birth: September 4, 1955
Brian Schweitzer is an American politician. A Democrat, he served as the 23rd Governor of Montana, from January 3, 2005 to January 7, 2013.
His father was of German descent (his family were ethnic Germans who lived in the Russian Empire); they were of the Catholic faith. His mother was of Irish descent, also from a Catholic family.
Brian’s paternal grandparents were Michael M. Schweitzer (the son of Michael Schweitzer and Theresia Sitter) and Franziska/Francisca Schwahn (the daughter of Johannes Schwahn and Barbara Beck). Brian’s paternal grandparents were ethnic Germans who were both born in Strassburg, Kuchurhan, Odessa (now in Ukraine).
Brian’s maternal grandparents were Michael McKernan and Hannah Friel (the daughter of Michael Friel). Brian’s maternal grandparents were both Irish, with Michael born in Tyrone and Hannah born in Donegal.
Brian is a first cousin, once removed, of entertainer Lawrence Welk. Brian’s paternal grandmother was the sister of Lawrence’s mother, Christiana Schwahn.