Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch c. 2017, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, from Boston Herald

Birth Name: Neil McGill Gorsuch

Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 29, 1967

Ethnicity: Irish, German, English, Scottish, distant Dutch, remote Welsh and French Huguenot

Neil Gorsuch is an American lawyer and jurist. He has been an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, since April 10, 2017. He was previously a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, from August 8, 2006 to April 9, 2017.

His father, David Ronald Gorsuch, was a lawyer with Gorsuch & Kirgis. His mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford (born Anne Irene McGill), was an attorney and politician, who was Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, from May 5, 1981 to March 9, 1983. His stepfather was politician Robert F. Burford. He was raised partly in Bethesda, Maryland. He is married to Marie Louise Burleston, with whom he has two children.

Justice Gorsuch was raised Catholic, and attends an Episcopalian church with his family.

The surname Gorsuch is English.

Justice Gorsuch’s paternal grandfather was John Elliott Gorsuch (the son of John Crittenden Gorsuch and Nancy Johnson). Justice Gorsuch’s grandfather John was born in Colorado. Justice Gorsuch’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Benjamin Gorsuch and Mary E. Elliott. Nancy was the daughter of Rezin Beall Johnson and Ann Dance.

Justice Gorsuch’s paternal grandmother was Freda Henrietta Munz (the daughter of Alexander Munz and Caroline/Carrie F. Wolf). Freda was born in Colorado. Alexander was German. Caroline/Carrie was born in Indiana, to German parents.

Justice Gorsuch’s maternal grandfather was named Joseph John McGill II (the son of Joseph John McGill). Justice Gorsuch’s grandfather Joseph was a surgeon.

Justice Gorsuch’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Jean O’Grady (the daughter of Dominic O’Grady and Philomena Tiehen). Dorothy was born in Nebraska. Philomena was the daughter of Alexander Henry Tiehen, who was German, from Hanover, Lower Saxony, and of Mary Margaret Koelzer, who was born in Kansas, to German parents, from Rhineland-Palatinate.

Justice Gorsuch is a fourth cousin of author and professor Ward Churchill, through their great-great-great-grandparents Nicholas Gorsuch and Jane Ensor.

Sources: Genealogy of Neil Gorsuch –

Biography of Justice Gorsuch’s paternal grandfather, John Elliott Gorsuch –

Justice Gorsuch’s paternal great-grandparents, Alexander Munz and Caroline/Carrie F. Wolf, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. Jason 7 says:

    I know his wife is an Englishwoman, but I wonder of what extraction she is?

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