Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. (1915–2002) • FamilySearch

Joseph Robinette Biden Sr.

13 November 1915–2 September 2002 (Age 86)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

The Life of Joseph Robinette

When Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. was born on 13 November 1915, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, his father, Joseph Harry Biden, was 22 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Robinette, was 20. He married Catherine Eugenia 'Jean' Finnegan on 30 May 1941, in Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States. He lived in Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States in 1935 and York, York, Pennsylvania, United States in 1940. He died on 2 September 2002, in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Saint Joseph On The Brandywine Cemetery, Greenville, New Castle, Delaware, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Robinette Biden Sr.
Catherine Eugenia 'Jean' Finnegan
Marriage: 30 May 1941

Spouse and Children

30 May 1941
Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States

Parents and Siblings


    Mary Elizabeth Robinette





    Mary Alice Biden


    Frank Hanaffe Biden


World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1916 · German U-boat in Baltimore

Age 1

On July 9, 1916, an unarmed merchant u-boat docked in Baltimore. It was loaded with 750 of cargo and seeking to trade. It would later go on to sink many of the Allied ships.

Age 26

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Swedish (Lidén): ornamental name, probably from the place name element lid ‘hill’ + the adjectival suffix -én, from Latin -enius.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Story Highlight

Biography: Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. 1915 - 2002

Biography: Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. 1915 - 2002 While he was still a boy, his family moved to Wilmington, where he attended St. Paul's School and Wilmington High School before graduating from St. T …

Sources (3)

  • Joseph R Biten in household of Joseph H Biten, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Joseph R Biden, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Joseph Biden in household of Joseph H Biden, "United States Census, 1940"

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