Family of Joe Biden

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The family of Joe Biden is an American family comprising several notable members.

Wives and children[edit]

Neilia Hunter
Joe Biden
b. 1942
Jill Biden
b. 1951
Beau Biden
Hunter Biden
b. 1970
Naomi Biden
Ashley Biden
b. 1981

Joe Biden has married twice and fathered four children.

  • Neilia Hunter, later Neilia Hunter Biden, married Joe Biden in 1966. In December 1972, while Joe Biden was Senator-elect, Neilia and daughter were killed in a traffic crash; her two sons were injured.[1][2]
    • Beau Biden (Joseph R. Biden III) (1969–2015),[3] Attorney General of Delaware. Two children: Natalie and Hunter. Died of brain cancer in May 2015.[4]
    • Hunter Biden (Robert Hunter Biden), former businessman and son of Joe Biden.[5] He has three daughters with his first wife Kathleen – daughters Naomi, Finnegan, and Maisy. Hunter is the biological and legal father of a fourth child, identified in court documents as NJR, with Lunden Roberts.[6] He has a fifth child with his second wife, Melissa Cohen Biden.[7]
    • Naomi Christina Biden (1971–1972), nicknamed "Amy"; died in the same crash as her mother Neilia.
  • Dr. Jill Biden, Former Second Lady of the United States; educator; and second wife of Joe Biden, married in 1977.[2]

Parents and siblings[edit]

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden Jr. was born on November 20, 1942, at St. Mary's Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania,[9]:5 to Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Biden (née Finnegan; July 7, 1917 – January 8, 2010)[10] and Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. (November 13, 1915 – September 2, 2002),[11] who married in 1941. After the death of Jean Finnegan Biden on January 8, 2010, President Barack Obama traveled to Wilmington, Delaware, to attend her January 12 funeral.[12]

Joe Biden is the oldest of four siblings in a Catholic family, followed by his younger sister [Mary] Valerie Biden Owens and two younger brothers, Francis William "Frank" Biden and James Brian "Jim" Biden.[9]:9 Valerie was one of the campaign managers for Joe Biden's presidential campaigns.


Joseph Sr.'s parents, Mary Elizabeth (née Robinette) Biden (1894–1943) and Joseph Harry Biden (1893–1941),[13] an oil businessman from Baltimore, Maryland, were of English, French, and Irish descent.[14][9]:8 Biden's paternal third great-grandfather, William Biden, was born in Sussex, England, and immigrated to the United States. William Biden (c. 1790–1840) left England and settled in Maryland from which the Bidens can be linked.[15]

Jean's parents were Geraldine Catherine (née Blewitt) Finnegan and Ambrose Joseph Finnegan. Jean was of Irish descent, with roots variously attributed to County Louth[16] and County Londonderry.[17][9]:8 Irish genealogists presented Joe Biden with his Irish maternal family history on his visit there in 2016.[18] Joe's maternal great-grandfather (Geraldine's father), Edward Francis Blewitt,[19] the child of Irish emigrants from Rappagh, Ballina, County Mayo, was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.[20][21]

Ancestry table[edit]


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  2. ^ a b McShane, Larry (August 24, 2008). "A hard road to travel". NY Daily News. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Superville, Darlene (May 30, 2015). "Biden announces death of son, Beau, of brain cancer". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Kane, Paul (May 30, 2015). "Beau Biden, vice president's son, dies at 46 of brain cancer". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Hunter Biden's lawyers exit Arkansas case, cite 'irreconcilable conflict'". Arkansas Online. December 3, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  6. ^ Bowden, Bill. "Judge in Arkansas paternity case says Hunter Biden must provide financial files". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Fredericks, Bill. "Hunter Biden's new wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, expecting his fifth child". New York Post. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Ashley Biden and Howard Krein". The New York Times. June 3, 2012. p. ST15.
  9. ^ a b c d Witcover, Jules (2010). Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption. New York City: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-179198-7.
  10. ^ Chase, Randall (January 9, 2010). "Vice President Biden's mother, Jean, dies at 92". WITN-TV. Associated Press.
  11. ^ "Joseph Biden Sr., 86, father of the senator". The Baltimore Sun. September 3, 2002.
  12. ^ Chase, Randall (January 12, 2010). "Biden eulogizes mother, calls her courageous". Associated Press. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  13. ^ "The Ancestry of Joseph Biden". Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  14. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (April–May 2013). "Joey From Scranton – Vice President Biden's Irish Roots". Irish America. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  15. ^ "William Biden". Geni family tree. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  16. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (July 2, 2012). "Joe Biden's Irish Roots". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  17. ^ "Number two Biden has a history over Irish debate". The Belfast Telegraph. November 9, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008.
  18. ^ "Vice President Joe Biden's Irish family history". Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  19. ^ Gehman, Geoff (May 3, 2012). "Vice President Joe Biden Discusses American Innovation". Lafayette College. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  20. ^ Krawczeniuk, Borys (August 24, 2008). "Remembering his roots". The Times-Tribune. Archived from the original on April 6, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2009.
  21. ^ "US vice president to visit Mayo in June". The Connaught Telegraph. May 11, 2016. Archived from the original on May 12, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
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  23. ^ Ryan, Jim. "How Vice President Joe Biden Trace His Irish Ancestry". Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  24. ^ a b Portrait and Biographical Record of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. New York and Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company. 1897. p. 644. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  25. ^ a b O'Neill, Neill. "US Vice President in Mayo this week". The Mayo News. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
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