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Joe Biden's Tragic Family History

Bettina Dizon
Jun 11, 2019
12:18 P.M.

As Joe Biden stands before us, we see an influential political figure, but beyond his image is a traumatizing past of slowly losing the people he loves.


Before they entered law school, Joe Biden and his wife Neilia entered into a life of marriage in 1966. Carrying with them their working-class values and legal knowledge, they raised three kids, Joseph “Beau,” Hunter, and Naomi Christina.

Biden worked as a public defender and a trial attorney in Delaware, where he and Neilia raised their family. Everything was going great for the senator-elect until a tragedy struck one week before Christmas.



There was a lot to celebrate on Christmas of ‘72, and so Biden’s wife and kids ventured to scout for the best Christmas tree. But what should have been the perfect holiday, turned out to be a terrible nightmare.

The Biden family patriarch was ahead in Washington when his sister, Val, took a call that flushed her face before turning to tell her brother of “a slight accident.” Biden already knew.

“She’s dead, isn’t she?” he asked about his wife.



In an instant, Biden became a single parent; America’s former vice president lost his wife and daughter. Beau and Hunter, toddlers back then, survived the crash and recovered from injuries under their father’s care.

While watching over his sons recover at the hospital, Biden took his Senate oath of office with his late wife’s father holding the Bible he swore on. His two boys grew up serving the public, like their father.

In 1977, Biden got a second shot at love, finding love and marrying Jill Tracy Jacobs. Four years later, they had a daughter, Ashley; but still, Biden never forgot his first tragedy.


Beau became a federal prosecutor and Delaware’s Attorney General while Hunter worked as a Washington lobbyist. Beau was on his way to continue his father’s legacy at the Senate having been attorney general for two prosperous terms and a supposed governor’s race victory; but once again, tragedy struck in the Biden family.

Biden spent most of his life dedicated to serving America as a politician, and it is no news that he intends to run in the 2020 Presidential elections, succeeding Donald Trump.


He was 46 and full of hopes and dreams when he died of brain cancer in 2015. Once again, Biden grieved for yet another loss of a son, gone too soon. An official statement from his Vice Presidential office said:

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us -- especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.”



Biden spent most of his life dedicated to serving America as a politician, and it is no news that he intends to run in the 2020 Presidential elections, succeeding Donald Trump. However, America’s current president is not welcoming Biden into the race with open arms.

Trump continually pokes fun at the possible next president, referring to him as “Sleepy Joe” in one of his many tweets directed at Biden. The upcoming elections will be Biden’s third attempt at the presidency after losing in 1988 and 2008.

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