Limbaugh family

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The Limbaugh family is a prominent family from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Its members have served prominently as attorneys, judges and political commentators both in the Missouri area and on a national scale.

George Frederick Limbaugh, the first Limbaugh family member in America, was born in Germany circa 1737 to Johannes Michael Limbach and Marie Listerer and arrived at Berks County, Pennsylvania as a child in 1753 and settled in Missouri Territory in 1800 with his youngest son Michael and 19 other families. In 1758, George married Anna Catharine Ritter and had six sons: Johannes Limbaugh, George Frederick Limbaugh II, Peter Limbaugh, Henry Limbaugh, Christian Limbaugh, and Michael Limbaugh.[1]

First generation:

  • Jefferson W. Limbaugh Jr. (1852–1905), judge and attorney from Jackson, Missouri, who was one of the first mayors of Jackson and was a member of the bar for more than 25 years.[2] He was the son of Jefferson Limbaugh (1826–1852) who in 1849 began the Southern Democrat newspaper in Jackson.[3]
  • Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. (1891–1996), American jurist, legislator and ambassador; state legislator 1931–1932; Missouri Counsel for the War Emergency Pipelines, 1942–1946; President of the Missouri Bar, 1955–1956; President of the State Historical Society of Missouri, 1956–1959;[4] chairman of the Cape Girardeau Republican Committee, 1928–1938[5]
    • Jefferson W. Limbaugh Jr. and Rush Limbaugh Sr. were both grandsons of North Carolina-born Daniel R. Limbaugh (1802–1870) with Jefferson being descended from Daniel's first wife Hanna and Rush being descended from his second wife Delilah.[6]

Second generation:

  • Rush Hudson Limbaugh Jr. (1918–1990), attorney and orator
  • Manley O. Limbaugh (1921-2018), a high school biology teacher and former president of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science from Chester, Illinois.[7][8] He was named after Manley Ottmer Hudson, Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr.'s favorite law professor.[5]
  • Stephen Nathaniel Limbaugh Sr., (b. 1927), a retired United States District Court judge who also served as Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney, 1955–1958.[9] He was married to Anne M. Limbaugh, (1930–2017), Cape Girardeau community service leader.[10]
  • Venieda Limbaugh Reynolds, (1928–2013), niece of Rush Limbaugh Sr., president of the Cape County Republican Women's Club.[11] She was married to Bill J. Reynolds (1929–2007), Cape Girardeau County treasurer, 1980–2005.[12]

Third generation: Sons of Rush Limbaugh Jr.:

Sons of Stephen Sr.:

Fourth generation:

  • Stephen N. Limbaugh III, son of Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., piano player and composer.[15][16][17][18][19]
  • Christopher K. Limbaugh, son of Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., appointed Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney by Governor Jay Nixon.[20] His father and grandfather also served as Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney.[9]
  • Leah Nanney Calahan, granddaughter of Manley O. Limbaugh, works for the highest Court of Appeals for the U.S. Air Force.[21]


  1. ^ "Our Limbaugh Ancestors". 
  2. ^ "Out of the past 7/31/05". Southeast Missouri. Cape Girardeau, Missouri. July 31, 2005. 
  3. ^ "Anniversaries in 1949 of Events Recorded in The Missourian Files". Southeast Missouri. Cape Girardeau, Missouri. January 29, 1949. 
  4. ^ "House Report 110-10 – Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr., United States Courthouse". February 12, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Dennis K. Boman (2012). The Original Rush Limbaugh: Lawyer, Legislator, and Civil Libertarian. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press. 978-0-8262-1980-0. 
  6. ^ "Daniel R. Limbaugh". Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Manley Limbaugh obituary". February 20, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Manley Limbaugh celebrates 90th birthday". March 28, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "History of the Prosecutor's Office". Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  10. ^ "Anne Limbaugh obituary". September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Venieda Reynolds obituary". June 16, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bill Reynolds obituary". March 27, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Blunt Names Jim Limbaugh to SEMO Board". December 20, 2006. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Southeast Hospital names new CEO". August 20, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ "IMDB: Stephen Nathanial Limbaugh III, Composer". Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  16. ^ "The National Anthem by Stephen Limbaugh III". July 9, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Of Russia and rock 'n' roll: Cape native achieves goal in composition and rocking out". January 6, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Stephen Limbaugh III composes music, takes part in anti-Hillary Clinton film". July 28, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  19. ^ "In liberal Hollywood, a conservative minority faces backlash in the age of Trump". March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Editorial: Christopher Limbaugh". 
  21. ^ "Methodists celebrate Veteran's Day with special service". November 23, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 

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