Joe Biden

by ethnic on January 14, 2015

Birth Name: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

Place of Birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 20, 1942

Ethnicity:
*English, German, Irish (father)
*Irish (mother)

Joe Biden is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th Vice President of the United States, from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. He was previously a U.S. Senator from Delaware, from January 3, 1973 to January 15, 2009.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1988 and 2008.

Vice President Biden is the son of Catherine Eugenia “Jean” (Finnegan) and Joseph Robinette Biden. His father was of English, Irish, and German descent (the latter from his “Bomberger” and “Launderslager” lines), and also possibly had distant French roots (from the family surname “Robinette”). Vice President Biden’s mother’s ancestry was entirely Irish.

Vice President Biden is married to Jill Biden, an educator, with whom he has a daughter. He was previously married to Neilia Hunter, until her death. The couple had three children together, including Beau Biden, who served as Attorney General of Delaware, and who died in 2015.

Vice President Biden’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Harry Biden (the son of George T. Biden and Mary Emily/Emeline Lidell/Liddell). George was the son of Joseph J./Harry Biden and Lydia Ann Randle. Mary was the daughter of Robert Theodore Lidell/Liddell and Susan E. Bomberger.

Vice President Biden’s paternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Robinette (the daughter of George Hamilton Robinette and Mary Ann Hanafee). George was the son of Moses Johnson Robinette and Jane Elizabeth/Eliza Pumphrey. Vice President Biden’s great-grandmother Mary Hanafee was the daughter of John Hanafy/Hanafee, who was Irish, and of Mary Ward, who was born in London, to Irish parents, from Galway, Gaillimh, Ireland.

Vice President Biden’s maternal grandfather was Ambrose Joseph Finnegan (the son of James Finnegan and Catherine Roche). James was born in Ireland, the son of Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle. Catherine was born in New York, to Irish parents, Thomas Roche and Bridget.

Vice President Biden’s maternal grandmother was Geraldine Catherine/Catharine Blewitt (the daughter of Edward Francis Blewitt and Mary Ellen Stanton). Edward, a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Irish parents from Rappagh, co., Patrick Blewitt and Catharine/Catharine “Kate” Scanlon. Mary was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, James Stanton and Mary.

Sources: Genealogies of Vice President Biden – http://www.wargs.com
https://www.geni.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Family history of Vice President Biden (focusing on his mother’s side), by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak – http://irishamerica.com

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andrew December 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm
cwm85 October 22, 2015 at 2:05 pm

I have a lot of respect for him but he needs to retire after 2017.

cwm85 August 31, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Good old Joe Biden…

bearboy June 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

RIP Beau Biden.

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