Jesse Tumblin was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee. After a childhood spent playing drums and engaging in reckless behavior in the forest, he attended the University of Tennessee in 2005, where he studied history and linguistics. He did two tours of duty in Ireland, once as a researcher and once to study at Trinity College Dublin. In June of 2009 he successfully swindled Nicole Arnold, his high school sweetheart, into accepting his proposal of marriage. In 2009, Jesse was accepted to the doctoral program in history at Boston College, where he studies the history of British imperialism, politics, and strategy. He enjoys thinking about what it would be like to have a legitimate hobby. Jesse lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife.