Joseph Kennedy

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Person.png Joseph Kennedy  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. 1938.jpg
BornSeptember 6, 1888
DiedNovember 18, 1969 (Age 81)
Alma materBoston Latin School, Harvard University
ParentsPatrick Joseph Kennedy
Children • Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
• John F. Kennedy
• Rosemary Kennedy
• Kathleen Cavendish
• Eunice Kennedy Shriver
• Patricia Kennedy Lawford
• Robert F. Kennedy
• Jean Kennedy Smith
• Ted Kennedy
SpouseRose Fitzgerald
Member ofKennedy family, PIAB, The Pilgrims Society

Employment.png United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

In office
March 8, 1938 - October 22, 1940

Employment.png Chair of the U.S. Maritime Commission

In office
April 14, 1937 - February 19, 1938

Employment.png Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

In office
June 30, 1934 - September 23, 1935

Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr. was a prominent American businessman, investor and politician. He is known for his own political prominence as well as that of his children and was the patriarch of the Irish-American Kennedy family.


Kennedy made his fortune in the 1920 by what later would be illegal as insider trading. There has been persistent suggestions that he also was behind extensive smuggling of alcohol during the Prohibition era.[1]

Kennedy corresponded regularly with Nancy Astor.[2]

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