About this Famous Person
Source : Tim DOWLING
Ryan was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, the youngest of the four children of Elizabeth A. "Betty" (née Hutter) and Paul Murray Ryan, a lawyer. A fifth-generation Wisconsinite, his father was of Irish ancestry and his mother of German and English ancestry. One of Ryan's paternal ancestors settled in Wisconsin prior to the Civil War. His great-grandfather, Patrick William Ryan (1858–1917), founded an earthmoving company in 1884, which later became P. W. Ryan and Sons and is now known as Ryan Incorporated Central. However, Paul Ryan's branch of the family has not been involved with the company. Ryan's grandfather was an attorney who was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin by President Calvin Coolidge.
Ryan attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Janesville, where he played on the seventh-grade basketball team. He attended Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, where he was elected junior class president. This made him prom king and gave him his first political position, a seat on the school board representing his high school. After his sophomore year, he worked the grill at McDonald's. He was on his high school's ski, track and varsity soccer teams and played basketball in a Catholic recreational league. He also participated in several academic and social clubs including the Model United Nations. Ryan and his family often went on hiking and skiing trips in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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