Ann Hart Coulter was born on December 8, 1961, in New York City, to John Vincent Coulter (1926–2008), an FBI agent from a working class Catholic Irish American and German American family, who was a native of Albany, New York; and Nell Husbands Coulter (née Martin; 1928–2009), a native of Paducah, Kentucky. Her father had managed to go to college thanks to the GI Bill, and would later idolize Joseph McCarthy. Coulter's maternal line from Kentucky, were immigrants to the United States from mostly before the American Revolutionary War, while her father's family had been itinerant laborers, who as Catholic Irish and German immigrants had arrived in the United States in the 19th century, and upon their arrival in America became ship laborers, tilemakers, brickmakers, carpenters and flagmen. Her Irish immigrant ancestors came to the US fleeing the Irish famine. She has two older brothers: James, an accountant, and John, an attorney. Her family later moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, where Coulter and her two older brothers, James and John, were raised.