A man with a disgraceful history of loose sexual morals and lack of discipline, it turns out, is descended from people with loose sexual morals and lacks of discipline.
Newt Gingrich (Birth name Newton Leroy McPherson). Born Harrisburg PA, June 1943. (Pastor Manning asserts, tongue-in-cheek, that Newt had a part-Black father, as his birth middle-name is ‘Leroy’. It’s true that the name ‘Leroy’ has been a Black name for generations now. Baby Newt, though, was named after his mother’s [white] father, born 1890. See below.)
Newt Gingrich’s Parents (Source).
(1) Newton Searles McPherson. Born PA, Feb 1923 (born to ‘non-martial liaison’)
(2) Kathleen Daugherty. Born PA, Nov 1925. [Age 16 at son’s conception in Sept ’42].
Newt Gingrich’s Grandparents
(1) Robert Nelson Kerstetter. Born PA, Aug 1888. [Married to another woman at conception of son in ’22].
(2) Louise S. McPherson. Born PA, Aug 1905. [Age 16 at conception of son in May ’22]. Later married a man named Kepner: Illegitimate son did not take his name.
(3) Jacob Leroy Daugherty. Born PA, ca.1890.
(4) Ethel M. Hendricks. Born PA, ca.1896.
For what it’s worth, all of Newt’s great-grandparents appear to have been born in Pennsylvania between the late 1840s and 1870s. There are many holes in the genealogy beyond that, making an ancestral summary similar to Mitt Romney‘s impossible.
(1) Newt’s mother, Kathleen Daugherty, was pregnant with him at age 16. His 19-year-old biological father, Newton Searles McPherson, was nowhere to be found after Newt was born. There was apparently a very-short-lived marriage and a quick divorce. The unwed-teen mother, with baby Newt in tow, married a man named Gingrich a few years later.
(2) Newt’s father, Newton Searles McPherson, was himself conceived in a “non-marital liaison” between a 33-year-old man and a 16-year old girl. The pair did not marry, and it is likely the 33-year-old man was already married. (I cannot confirm this, but odds are strong, given marriage-rates at the time). This would even be scandalous today, of course, but was truly a bottom-of-the-barrel occurrence in the 1920s, when Newton Searles McPherson (Newt’s father) was born. Among Whites, the share of births to unmarried mothers was under 2% in the 1930s, according to statistics compiled by Vincent Clark.
Both of Newt’s parents were of weak moral character. Indeed, they were in the bottom 2%(!) if one were to quantify morality using the illegitimacy rate. (See also a previous post discussing the USA’s White Illegitimacy rate, 1940-2010.)
‘The Newt Method For Success in Romance’
We have all heard the pattern, common among Urban-Blacks and Newt himself: (1) Find a woman, begin an sexual affair with her (sometimes politely called “taking a mistress”), (2) Leave your present woman-partner for the ‘mistress’ (including if you are married. Including also, in Newt’s case, if the wife is terminally-cancer-ridden). (3) Repeat. (4) Repeat. If Newt were of a younger generation, or not in politics, he would probably not even bother with the marriages. He appears to be a high-IQ version of the ‘cad’ archetype.
A photo of Newt, his first wife (Jackie), and daughters in 1976:
The woman was Newt’s teacher in high school, seven years his senior. This means she was 40 already in this picture and Newt was 33. After several affairs, he would drop this woman a few years later for a younger one.
Newt on why he wanted a divorce from Jackie:
“She [Jackie] is not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of a President. And besides, she has cancer.” Source: Katharine Q. Seelye. “Gingrich's Life: The Complications and Ideals.” NYTimes.com 11/24/1994
Falling Apples and Trees
A detailed analysis of Mitt Romney’s ancestry reveals that he is descended from basically moral people (discounting the cases of polygamy during the early Mormon period). No illegitimacy. No “non-marital liaisons” between teen girls and middle-aged men. No, instead we find generations of hard working men and women. Trials and tribulations overcome. Romney’s ancestors’ stories are quite remarkable.
Compare to Newt Gingrich: He has a reputation for undisciplined recklessness in politics: “It was an idea a minute” during his time leading the Republicans, but “it was an idea a minute, no discipline, no ability to be able to pull things together.” (Source). This is reminiscent of the general lack of moral discipline he has displayed in life, which itself is lifted from the pages of his ancestors’ lives.
Alas, we see again that if one is looking for a rotten apple, one ought look near a rotten apple-tree.