Person:Joseph Kennedy (1)

  1. Joseph Patrick Kennedy1888 - 1969
  2. Francis Benedict Kennedy1891 - 1892
m. 7 Oct 1914
  1. Lt. Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr.1915 - 1944
  2. John Fitzgerald Kennedy1917 - 1963
  3. Rose Marie Kennedy1918 - 2005
  4. Kathleen Agnes Kennedy1920 - 1948
  5. Eunice Mary Kennedy1921 - 2009
  6. Patricia Kennedy1924 - 2006
  7. Robert Francis Kennedy1925 - 1968
  8. Jean Ann Kennedy1928 -
  9. Edward Moore Kennedy1932 - 2009
Facts and Events
Name Joseph Patrick Kennedy
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 6 Sep 1888 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 7 Oct 1914 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesto Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Death[1] 18 Nov 1969 Hyannis Port, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q313696?

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Joseph Patrick Kennedy (September 6, 1888 – November 18, 1969) was an American businessman, investor, and politician known for his high-profile positions in United States politics. Kennedy was married to Rose Kennedy, and three of their nine children attained distinguished political positions: President John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), Attorney General and Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1925–1968), and longtime Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy (1932–2009). John won the 1960 presidential election; Robert was assassinated during his presidential primary campaign in 1968; Ted was defeated in the 1980 Democratic Party primary by incumbent President Jimmy Carter. His eldest son Joseph Jr. was killed in action during World War II, age 29, in 1944. He was a leading member of the Democratic Party and of the Irish Catholic community. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Kennedy to be the first chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and he later directed the Maritime Commission. Kennedy served as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1938 until late 1940, when he annoyed Roosevelt by his pessimism about Britain's survival.

Kennedy was born to a political family in East Boston, Massachusetts. He embarked on a career in business and investing. He first made a large fortune as a stock market and commodity investor. Kennedy later rolled over his profits by investing in real estate and a wide range of business industries across the United States. During World War I, he was an assistant general manager of a Boston area Bethlehem Steel shipyard, through which he became acquainted with Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. In the 1920s, Kennedy made huge profits by reorganizing and refinancing several Hollywood studios; several acquisitions were ultimately merged into Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) studios.

Kennedy grew his fortune with distribution rights for Scotch whisky. His company, Somerset Importers, became the exclusive American agent for Gordon's Gin and Dewar's Scotch. In addition, Kennedy purchased spirits-importation rights from Schenley Industries, a firm in Canada.[1] He owned the largest office building in the country, Chicago's Merchandise Mart, which gave his family an important base in that city and an alliance with the Irish-American political leadership there.

Kennedy's term as ambassador and his political ambitions ended abruptly during the Battle of Britain in November 1940, with the publishing of his controversial remarks suggesting that "Democracy is finished in England. It may be here, [in the US]." Kennedy resigned under pressure shortly afterward. In later years, he worked behind the scenes to continue building the financial and political fortunes of the Kennedy family. After a disabling stroke in 1961, during his son's presidency, Kennedy developed aphasia and lost all power of speech but remained mentally intact. He was confined to a wheelchair until his death in 1969.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records 1841-1915. (From Massachusetts state archives)
    Vol. 387, p. 222.

    Sept. 6, 1888: Joseph Patrick Kennedy, b. at 157 Meridian. Parents Patrick J. and Mary A. of Boston. Father liquor dealer, b. Boston. Mother b. Boston.

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