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Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.

Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. Biography

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ABOUT
Kennedy patriarch and father of President John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. He was an influential Democrat and Irish Catholic.
BEFORE FAME
He started a salon business and played baseball on his high school team.

FAMILY LIFE
He married Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, daughter of a prominent New York mayor, and had nine children, all of whom would be pivotal to the Kennedy political dynasty.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He bitterly opposed Father Charles Coughlin's anti-Communist, anti-Semitic, anti-Federal Reserve, isolationist radio program, even though they were both of the same faith.
TRIVIA
He was the first chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and directed the Maritime Commission. He was the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1938 until 1940.

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