Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. was born 20 November 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States to Joseph Robinette Biden (1915-2002) and Catherine Eugenia Finnegan (1917-2010) . He married Neilia Hunter (1942-1972) 27 August 1966 . He married Jill Tracy Jacobs (1951) 17 June 1977 .

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden Jr. ( /ˈsɪf rɒbɪˈnɛt ˈbdən/; born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who became the 47th Vice President of the United States, jointly elected twice with President Barack Obama, and in office since 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, Biden represented Delaware as a United States Senator from 1973 until becoming Vice President in 2009.



Biden was born on November 20, 1942, at St. Mary's Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania,[1] to Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Biden (née Finnegan; 1917–2010)[2] and Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden Sr. (1915–2002).[3] He was the first of four siblings in a Catholic family, with a sister, Valerie, and two brothers, James and Frank, following.[4] His mother was of either Irish or Northern Irish descent, with roots variously attributed to County Louth[5] or County Londonderry.[6][7] His paternal grandparents, Mary Elizabeth (Robinette) and Joseph H. Biden, an oil businessman from Baltimore, Maryland, were of English, French, and Irish ancestry.[7][8] His paternal great-great-great grandfather, William Biden, was born in Sussex, England, and immigrated to the United States. His maternal great-grandfather, Edward Francis Blewitt,[9] was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.[10]

Biden's father had been very well-off earlier in his life, but suffered several business reversals by the time Biden was born. For several years, the family had to live with Biden's maternal grandparents, the Finnegans.[11] When the Scranton area went into economic decline during the 1950s, Biden's father could not find enough work.[12] In 1953, the Biden family moved to an apartment in Claymont, Delaware, where they lived for a few years before moving to a house in Wilmington, Delaware.[11] Joe Biden Sr. then did better as a used car salesman, and the family's circumstances were middle class.[11][12][13]

Entry to politics

Biden became an attorney in 1969, and was elected to the New Castle County council in 1970. Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, and became the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history.


Offspring of Joe Biden and Neilia Hunter (1942-1972)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph Robinette 'Beau' Biden III (1969-2015)
Robert Hunter Biden (1970)
Naomi Christina Biden (1971-1972)

Offspring of Joe Biden and Jill Tracy Jacobs (1951)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ashley Blazer Biden (1981)





  1. ^ Witcover, Joe Biden, p. 5.
  2. ^ Chase, Randall (January 9, 2010). "Vice President Biden's mother, Jean, dies at 92". Associated Press. WITN-TV. 
  3. ^ "Joseph Biden Sr., 86, father of the senator" (fee required). The Philadelphia Inquirer: p. B4. September 3, 2002. 
  4. ^ Witcover, Joe Biden, p. 9.
  5. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (July 2, 2012). "Joe Biden's Irish Roots". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Number two Biden has a history over Irish debate". The Belfast Telegraph. November 9, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b Witcover, Joe Biden, p. 8.
  8. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (April–May 2013). "Joey From Scranton – Vice President Biden's Irish Roots". Irish America. 
  9. ^ Gehman, Geoff (May 3, 2012). "Vice President Joe Biden Discusses American Innovation". Lafayette College. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Krawczeniuk, Borys (August 24, 2008). "Remembering his roots". The Times-Tribune. Archived from the original on April 6, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c Broder, John M. (October 23, 2008). "Father's Tough Life an Inspiration for Biden". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b Rubinkam, Michael (August 27, 2008). "Biden's Scranton childhood left lasting impression". Associated Press. Fox News.,4670,CVNBidenapossScrantonRoots,00.html. Retrieved September 7, 2008. 
  13. ^ Almanac of American Politics 2008, p. 364.


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