President-elect Joe Biden is 78 years old today

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President-elect Joseph Robinette Biden is 78 years old today. He was born on November 20, 1942., at St. Mary’s Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden and Joseph Robinette Biden Sr.

The oldest child in a Catholic family, Biden has a sister, Valerie, and two brothers Francis and James.

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His mother Jean was of Irish descent while his father Joseph Sr. had English, French and Irish ancestry.

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Biden, who has defeated incumbent Donald Trump in the 2020 United States presidential election, will be inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20, 2021.

Biden has been married to Jill (Tracy Jacobs) Biden since June 17, 1977, two years after they met on a blind date arranged by Biden’s brother in 1975. Joe Biden and Jill Biden have a daughter, Ashley Blazer Biden who was born in 1981.

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Biden first married Neila Hunter on August 27, 1966, after overcoming her parents’ reluctance for her to wed a Roman Catholic. They had three children: Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III who was born in 1969 and passed away in 2015, Robert Hunter Biden who was born in 1970, and Naomi Christina “Amy” Biden who was born in 1971.

Biden’s first wife Neila and his first daughter Naomi died in a car crash in 1972, just weeks after he was elected to the Senate.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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