Doug Burgum

Birth Name: Douglas James Burgum

Place of Birth: Arthur, North Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 1, 1956

Ethnicity: English, smaller amounts of Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, German, and Swiss-German, distant French, Belgian Walloon, Welsh, and Cornish

Doug Burgum is an American entrepreneur and politician. A Republican, he has been Governor of North Dakota, since December 15, 2016. He was president and angel investor of Great Plains Software. He is the founder of Kilbourne Group, a real estate development firm based in Fargo, and a co-founder of Arthur Ventures, a software venture capital group.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2024.

Doug was born and raised in Arthur, North Dakota, a small town, the son of Katherine and Joseph Boyd Burgum. He inherited farmland, which he mortgaged to invest in Great Plains Software, a company he expanded significantly as its president. He sold it to Microsoft in 2001, for $1.1 billion, and later managed Microsoft Business Solutions, and was chairman of the board of software company Atlassian and SuccessFactors. Doug is married to Kathryn Helgaas. He has three children with his former wife Katherine Stroker. Doug’s grandfather had founded a grain elevator in Arthur.

Doug’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Arthur Burgum (the son of Arthur Thomas “Anthony” Burgum and Ann/Anne Harper Bradley). Joseph was born in England. Anthony was the son of William Burgum and Edith Bowery. Ann was the daughter of Aaron Bradley and Elizabeth Harper.

Doug’s paternal grandmother was Jessamine Slaughter (the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Slaughter and Malinda Louise “Linda” Warfel). Jessamine was born in North Dakota. Linda was the daughter of Charles Warfel and Mary “Mariah”/Maria Boyd.

Doug’s maternal grandfather was Burton Kane Kilbourne (the son of Ferdinand Kilbourne and Martha Jane Feltt). Burton was born in Kansas. Ferdinand was the son of Henry Kilbourne and Fanny Briggs. Martha was the daughter of Amasa Feltt and Elizabeth Young Dewey.

Doug’s maternal grandmother was Daisy Conwell (the daughter of Abraham Louis Conwell and Catharine Ann Higgins). Abraham was the son of James A. Conwell and Harriet Conner. Catharine was the daughter of James Higgins and Lucina Craig.

Source: Genealogy of Doug Burgum –

1 Response

  1. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    Thanks for publishing my page :)! However, I suggest some changes to it:

    I think ethnicity should be changed to “English (mainly), Irish, Scotts-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Swiss-German, some French, Belgian [Walloon], along with some distant Cornish and Welsh”

    I also believe the tags should be changed as well:
    1. “along with some distant Cornish” should be changed to “Cornish”
    2. “and Scottish” should be changed to “Scottish”
    3. “English (mainly) should be changed to “English
    4. “Scotts-Irish/Northern Irish” should be changed to “Scots-Irish” and “Northern Irish”
    5. “some French” should be changed to “French”

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