World News – United States – President-elect Joe Biden’s Irish roots – from famine flight in Ireland to victory in the White House


As in the case of Presidents John F Kennedy, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and now Joe Biden, the Irish Famine had the indescribable impact of creating an American President by sending their ancestors to America

The people of Biden, who came to America out of shattered dreams and heartache, probably never dreamed that more than a century later their descendant would be elected President of the United States. from America

Joe Biden’s eight great-great-grandparents on the side of his mother Catherine Eugenia ‘Jean’ Finnegan were born in Ireland during the first half of the 19th century, and his father Joseph R Biden Sr On the side, two great -grandparents were also born in Ireland

On May 31, 1849, Owen Finnegan, Biden’s great-great-grandfather from the remote Cooney Peninsula in Co Louth, arrived in New York aboard the Brothers ship, fleeing the last episode of famine As was often the custom, he came before the rest of his family Shoemaker by trade, he found a job and a year later sent for his family

His wife Jane (née Boyle) immigrated with her and Owen’s children (including Biden’s great-grandfather, James) almost a year later, on May 15, 1850, on a ship named the Marquise de Bute, according to genealogist Megan Smolneyak, who traced the lineage of the Biden family

Members of the Finnegan family traveled to upstate New York to pick apples and work with farmers James Finnegan joined them for a while before heading west, to meet in Scranton, Pa., home to the Molly Maguires, a « secret society » of Irish immigrant miners who fought for workers’ rights against the mine bosses

Mines chiefs sent detective agency Pinkerton to smash the union Pinkerton planted a spy, an Irishman named James McParland, in their midst His testimony was enough to send twenty of the Mollys to the gallows in one of the largest US government-suspended masses in its history

Rumored to be a member of Molly Maguires was Biden’s great-grandfather, Edward Francis Blewitt, originally from Lousiana whose parents Patrick and Catherine (née Scanlon) Blewitt were from Ballina, Co Mayo

Blewitt was a major figure among Irish Americans in Scranton. Not only did he win the state Senate election, but he was also named chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1897 and was the co-founder of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick in Scranton in 1908

During his campaign alongside Barack Obama in 2008, Biden said at an event for the United Mine Workers in Virginia: “I hope you don’t mind, but I’m a miner of anthracite charcoal, Scranton, Pennsylvania

« It’s nice to be back in coal country… It’s a different accent [in Southwest Virginia]… but it’s the same thing We were taught that our faith and our family were the only thing really important, and our faith and our family informed everything we did »

Of his great-grandfather Blewitt’s alleged ties to the Molly Maguires, Biden said, « He went out of his way to prove he wasn’t, and we were all praying. » p>

In 1879, Blewitt married Mary Ellen Stanton, a native of Scranton, and together they had four children, including Geraldine Catherine Blewitt, who later married James Finnegan’s son, Ambrose Finnegan

In 1917, Geraldine and Ambrose gave birth to Catherine ‘Jean’ Eugenia Finnegan, the mother of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr

Grandpop Ambrose had enormous political influence on young Joey, the future President of the United States

After mass on Sunday, the clan would assemble and the men would split into a room and engage in robust political discussions over Harry Truman’s merits over Adlai Stevenson There was no talk of Republicans, the cleavage of class was too big Irish Catholics did not dare to think this way

Grandpop Ambrose gave Joe a lifetime experience with the Democratic Party and instilled in young Joey the virtues of the worker

There is no doubt that Ambrose Finnegan would have recognized in Donald Trump the stereotype of the rich, wealthy and indifferent businessmen he had excoriated from young Joey

In fact, he even had a term to describe the way the wealthy treated the humble Irishmen in the mines and elsewhere He called it the « silk stocking screw » He would have had his Irish antenna distinctly up in listening and seeing Trump in action – an action that will end decisively in January when Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America

In 2016, Joe Biden told RTE: “My grandfather and grandmother Finnegan, all of my mom’s brothers and my dad told us about the courage and commitment it took to our loved ones to emigrate from Ireland – in the midst of a tragedy at distant shores, where they did not know what to expect It took a lot of courage « 

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