Joseph Patrick Kennedy

(1888–1969)

Joseph P. Kennedy

Anecdote...

Kennedy objected to being referred to as an Irishman in the Boston newspapers. Although he could not claim to be a “Proper Bostonian,” he felt he was at least eligible for American status. “I was born here,” he complained. “My children were born here. What the hell do I have to do to be an American?”

Last words...

“I have no political ambition for myself or my children.”

~Joseph P. Kennedy
Biographical Note: 

Joseph P. Kennedy was a U.S. businessman and diplomat; ambassador to Britain (1937–40); father of President John F. Kennedy, and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy.