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Joseph Patrick Kennedy was born on September 6 1888 in Boston Massachusetts He was born the son of Patrick Joseph Kennedy a local politician and successful businessman and his wife Mary Augusta Hickey Kennedy His parents wanted only the best for young Joe In 1901 Joe was enrolled in Boston Latin and elite boys catholic school He was a very popular student there as president of his class colonel on the drill team a baseball player and valedictorian The next step for Joe was Harvard There things were different he was not the most popular student He was not a particularly good student and because of his Irish heritage he had to endure a lot of slurs against his background Yet he graduated thinking he was just as good as anyone in the class of 1912 After Harvard he decided to go into banking where he received a position as a state bank examiner In less than a year he saw the opportunity he wanted The Columbia Trust was about to be taken over by the First National Joe decided that if anybody was to take over the Columbia he should be the one Joe had supporters which was accompanied by a game of bluff that finally forced First National to give up When the merger was called off the Columbia directors rewarded him with the top job At 25 he had become the youngest bank president in the country In 1914 now the successful bank president married the love of his life Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Rose was the daughter of the Mayor of Boston John Francis Fitzgerald a leading Irish figure in Boston Together they had 9 children Joseph Patrick Jr John Fitzgerald Rosemary Kathleen Eunice Mary Patricia Robert Francis Jean Ann and Edward Moore By the age of 30 he had amassed a great fortune through business ventures that included motion pictures shipbuilding and real estate and through the
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