Jake Tapper

Tapper in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Jacob Paul Tapper

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 12, 1969

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Ulster-Scots/Northern Irish, Scottish, English, German, and possibly French (mother, who converted to Judaism)

Jake Tapper is an American journalist, cartoonist, and author. He has hosted the shows The Lead with Jake Tapper since 2013, and State of the Union with Jake Tapper, since 2015.

Jake’s father, from Chicago, is from a Jewish family (of Polish Jewish, Russian Jewish, Lithuanian Jewish, and Latvian Jewish descent). Jake’s mother, from Canada, has Ulster-Scots (Northern Irish), Scottish, English, German, and possibly French, ancestry. Jake’s mother is from a Presbyterian family, and converted to Judaism, in the Conservative denomination. Jake was raised Jewish. Jake is married to Jennifer Marie Brown, with whom he has two children. Jennifer is a convert to Judaism.

Jake’s paternal grandfather was Abraham “Abe” O. Tapper (the son of Samuel “Sam” Tapper and Pauline/Pauli Chertow). Abraham was born in Illinois, to a father from Poland and a mother from Russia.

Jake’s paternal grandmother was Janet Scher (the daughter of Julius Scher and Devora “Dora” Kahn). Janet was born in Illinois. Julius was from Zagar, Lithuania. Devora was born in Latvia, the daughter of Nathan Kahn and Baila Jedeiken.

Jake’s maternal grandfather was Everett Dyson Palmatier (the son of Reo Everett Palmatier and Tryphena May Esther Dyson). Jake’s grandfather Everett was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Jake’s maternal grandmother was Helen Elizabeth McDowell (the daughter of James Alexander McDowell and Ida Elizabeth McKivor). Helen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. James was born in Straid, Antrim, Ireland, the son of Aughtery McDowell and Priscilla Craig, and had Northern Irish and Scottish ancestry. Ida was born in Balmoral, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Edward McKivor and Elizabeth Morrison, and was of Ulster-Scots (Northern Irish) descent.

Sources: Articles about Jake’s religious upbringing and Jake’s brother – http://www.haaretz.com

Genealogy of Jake Tapper – https://www.geni.com

Jake’s paternal grandfather, Abraham “Abe” O. Tapper, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jake’s paternal grandmother, Janet Scher, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jake Tapper (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Notes on some of Jake’s mother’s ancestry – http://blogs.ancestry.com

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