Birth Name: Newton Leroy McPherson
later changed to Newton Leroy Gingrich
Place of Birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Birth: June 17, 1943
Ethnicity: German (mostly), some Scottish and Irish
Newt Gingrich is an American politician, historian, writer, and political consultant. A Republican, he was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, from January 3, 1979 to January 3, 1999, House Minority Whip, from March 20, 1989 to January 3, 1995, and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, from January 4, 1995 to January 3, 1999.
He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2012.
Newt is the son of Kathleen A. (Daugherty) and Newton Searles McPherson. He took on the surname of his stepfather, Robert Bruce Gingrich, who legally adopted him. The surname “Gingrich” is German.
Both of Newt’s parents were of mostly German ancestry. He has a smaller amount of Scottish and Irish roots. His family are considered Pennsylvania Dutch (German).
Newt’s paternal grandfather was Robert Nelson Kerstetter (the son of John H. Kerstetter and Julia Kabel). John was the son of John Kerstetter and Anna Musser.
Newt’s paternal grandmother was Louise S. McPherson (the daughter of Clarence Newton McPherson and Hattie Treaster). Clarence was the son of James Silverwood McPherson and Sarah Catherine Sholter. Hattie was the daughter of Samuel P./Clay Treaster and Louise Jane/Jennie Ramsey.
Newt’s maternal grandfather was Jacob William Leroy Daugherty (the son of Jeremiah Haney Daugherty and Rebecca J. Gemmill/Gemmel). Jeremiah was the son of William H. Daugherty and Eliza Haney/Henry.
Newt’s maternal grandmother was Ethel/Effie Susan/M. Hendricks (the daughter of Charles E. Hendricks and Cansadia McElwee). Charles was the son of John Hendricks. Cansadia was the daughter of Thomas E. McElwee and Susan Mary Bohn.
Newt’s maternal great-grandfather, Jeremiah Haney Daugherty, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
photo by Gage Skidmore