John Bolton

John R. Bolton

Bolton in 2006, photo by prphotos

Birth Name: John Robert Bolton

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 20, 1948

Ethnicity: Scottish, one eighth Ashkenazi Jewish, German, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, English

John Bolton, also known as John R. Bolton, is an American diplomat and lawyer. A Republican, he has been the 25th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, from August 2, 2005 to December 31, 2006, and U.S. National Security Advisor, from April 9, 2018 to September 10, 2019, among many other duties.

John is the son of Virginia Clara and Edward Jackson Bolton. He is married to Gretchen Smith Bolton, with whom he has a daughter.

John’s paternal great-grandfather was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His other ancestry is Scottish, German, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, and English.

John’s religion is Lutheran.

John’s paternal grandfather was John Robert Bolton, Jr. (the son of John Bolton and Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Long). John’s grandfather John was born in Maryland. John’s great-grandfather John was a Russian Jewish immigrant (he is listed as speaking Yiddish on the 1920 U.S. Census). John’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth “Molly” was the daughter of Robert Daniel Long, who was of English descent, and of Catherine Schultz Wolf/Wolfe, who was of German ancestry.

John’s paternal grandmother was named Margaret Wood (the daughter of George Wood and Margaret). John’s grandmother Margaret was Scottish. George was the son of William Wood.

John’s maternal grandfather was John Robert Godfrey (the son of Thomas Harper Godfrey and Idella/Idela Elizabeth Gibson). John’s grandfather John was born in Delaware. Thomas was born in County Derry, Northern Ireland, the son of John Godfrey and Martha Thompson. Idella was the daughter of Robert Gibson and Idella Young.

John’s maternal grandmother was Carolyn Francis/Frances “Carrie” Adams (the daughter of Napolean/Napoleon Adams and Catherine Virginia Howlett). Carolyn was born in Maryland. Catherine was the daughter of William B./Thomas Howlett and Elizabeth Waller Teaney.

Sources: Genealogy of John R. Bolton –

John’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –
John’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

John’s paternal grandfather, John Robert Bolton, Jr., on the 1910 U.S. Census –
John Robert Bolton, Jr. on the 1920 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal grandfather, John Robert Godfrey, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal grandmother, Carolyn Francis/Frances “Carrie” Adams, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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