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Does Joe Biden have Irish heritage? – Bukipress


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PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden has discussed his heritage a few times and his family’s humble beginnings.

The Pennsylvania native has Irish heritage from his two families who settled in the US from Ireland. 

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Joe Biden’s ancestors hail from Ireland[/caption]

What is the Irish heritage Joe Biden has?

Joe Biden’s heritage can be traced back to the Blewitts from County Mayo and the Finnegans family from County Louth in Ireland.

Biden’s great-great grandfather Patrick Blewitt was born in Ballina, County Mayo.

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His ancestors come from County Mayo and County Louth which are from the province of Connacht and Leinster[/caption]

He left Ireland in 1850 and settled in the US, only returning to his homeland a year later to bring his parents and siblings to the states.

Where did they live?

Blewitt settled in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and became a mining inspector, often working in South America. 

He had a son named Edward F. Blewitt, who was born in New Orleans and eventually went on to become a city engineer.


Biden’s relatives moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania from Ireland in 1850[/caption]

Edward also became a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 22nd district and served from 1907 to 1910.

He married Mary Ellen Stanton and they had four children together: Gertrude, Patrick, Arthur and Geraldine Blewitt. 

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Biden with his two sons, Hunter and Robert, alongside his late wife Neilia posing with Governor Sherman W. Tribbitt and his wife Jeanne[/caption]

His daughter, Geraldine, married a man named Ambrose Finnegan and had a daughter named Catherine Eugenia “Jean” shortly after. 

Jean Finnegan was Biden’s mother. 

The Finnegan family moved to America in the late 1840s and settled in Seneca, New York.

Who else that is Irish is Joe Biden related to?

Through the Finnegan family, Biden is also related to Ireland rugby internationals Rob and Dave Kearney.

Their father David Joseph Donald Kearney is a fifth cousin of Biden’s, according to the Irish Emigration Museum research.

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Biden with wife Jill and son Hunter at his first presidential-elect speech after his win was announced[/caption]

What has Biden said about his heritage?

Biden was spotted by BBC correspondent Nick Bryant, who asked the president-elect for a quick word as the journalist introduced himself. 

“Mr. Biden, a quick word for the BBC,” BBC’s New York correspondent Nick Bryant can be heard asking.


Biden told a reporter ‘I’m Irish’ when the BBC correspondent begged him for a quick word[/caption]

“The BBC?” the president-elect said before responding with a smile: “I’m Irish.”

The video went viral on Twitter and many of his Irish supporters were happy with his response. 

One user said: “As Joe Biden walks through a crowd a reporter asks, “Do you have a comment for the BBC Mr Biden?”


The president-elect raised his family in Wilmington, Delaware after moving there as a young boy[/caption]

“The BBC?” asks Biden, smiles then says, “I’m Irish” before turning and walking away. It’s going to be a very different presidency. #Ireland”

Another added: “Biden is literally me any time I’m abroad and someone asks where in the UK I’m from.”

“I’m Irish”. The 46th #POTUS just put a smile on the face of 7m people back in the ‘auld country’. Move over @NickBryantNY,” added another.


At least 22 US presidents have had Irish heritage throughout history[/caption]


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