Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh c. 2009, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Birth Name: Brett Michael Kavanaugh

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: February 12, 1965

*87.5% Irish
*6.25% English
*6.25% German

Brett Kavanaugh is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, having been confirmed on October 6, 2018. He was previously White House Staff Secretary, from June 6, 2003 to May 30, 2006, and a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, from May 30, 2006 to October 6, 2018.

Justice Kavanaugh is the son of Martha Gamble (Murphy) and Everett Edward Kavanaugh, Jr. His father is a trade association executive and lawyer, who was a long-time president of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. His mother was a high school teacher, and Maryland state Circuit Court Judge, from 1995 to 2001. He was raised partly in Bethesda, Maryland.

Justice Kavanaugh is married to Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, who was Personal Secretary to the President, from 2001 to 2005. The couple has two children.

Justice Kavanaugh is a Roman Catholic.

Justice Kavanaugh’s paternal grandfather was Everett Edward Kavanaugh (the son of Patrick Clyne Kavanaugh and Mary R. Sanford/Stanford). Everett was born in Connecticut. Patrick was born in Roscommon, Ireland, the son of Michael Kavanaugh and Anna McKnight. Mary was born in Connecticut, to Irish parents, Edward Joseph Stanford and Anne M. Carroll.

Justice Kavanaugh’s paternal grandmother was Marion Elizabeth Gallagher (the daughter of Lawrence J. Gallagher and Margaret A. Donlon). Marion was born in Connecticut. Lawrence was born in Connecticut, to Irish parents, with a mother named Lizie. Margaret likely was the daughter of Edward Donlon and Margaret Hamm.

Justice Kavanaugh’s maternal grandfather was Thomas William Murphy, Jr. (the son of Thomas William Murphy and Martha Gamble). Justice Kavanaugh’s grandfather Thomas was born in New Jersey. Justice Kavanaugh’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in New Jersey, to Irish parents, Michael Murphy and Rose Lynch. Martha was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Irish parents, James Gamble and Margaret A. Fleming.

Justice Kavanaugh’s maternal grandmother was Rosemarie Joan Ward (the daughter of James Joseph Ward and Lilian/Lillian Francis Dickenson). Rosemarie was born in Illinois. James was the son of John Ward and Nona Murphy, of Irish descent. Lilian was the daughter of Alfredus/Alfred Edwinus Dickenson, who was English; and of Margaret Lennertz, whose own father, John Lennertz, was from Frieberg, Germany, and whose own mother, Clara Marie Fellinger, was Bavarian.

Sources: Genealogies of Justice Brett Kavanaugh –

Justice Kavanaugh’s paternal grandfather, Everett Edward Kavanaugh, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Justice Kavanaugh’s paternal grandmother, Marion Elizabeth Gallagher, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Justice Kavanaugh’s maternal grandfather, Thomas William Murphy, Jr. –

Justice Kavanaugh’s maternal grandmother, Rosemarie Joan Ward, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. celebfan says:

    Excellent timing on your part, Follers.

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