04.11.

2008: First Catholic Vice President in the USA

2008: First Catholic Vice President in the USA

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  • historical event: On this day in 2008, Catholic Joe Biden was elected Vice President of the U.S., having won the elections together with Barack Obama. Biden was born in a Catholic family with four children. Back when he was a law student, he married Neilia Hunter, according to Catholic rites.

On this day in 2008, Barack Obama was elected U.S. president, becoming the first person of African American heritage to achieve that high function. Of course, Joe Biden was elected together with Obama, becoming the first Roman Catholic vice president in the history of the USA.

Joe Biden’s full name is Joseph Robinette Biden, and he was born in a Catholic family with four children. Back when he was a law student, he married Neilia Hunter, according to Catholic rites. Neilia bore him three children, but died in a traffic accident after six years of marriage. This great tragedy occurred only a few weeks after Biden was elected as U.S. senator for the first time. Even worse, the couple’s three children were in the same car in which Neilia died. Their one-year-old daughter also died in the crash, while the other two children were injured.

At the time of the accident, Biden was only 30 years old and was allegedly thinking of resigning as senator and devoting himself to taking care of the remaining two children. Still, he was talked out of it, and married again some four-and-a-half years later. Jill Biden became his new wife, and she is known as the Second Lady of the U.S. Jill is also Catholic, just like her husband.

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