Joseph Kennedy, Jr the eldest son of Joseph and Rose Kennedy was born on this day in 1915. Being the oldest of nine children Joe Jr was expected by Joe Sr to be the families political standard bearer. It is one of those “what if’s?” in history. Joseph Jr would be killed during World War II when his experimental plane blew up over Suffolk, England. Joe Kennedy,Jr.s remains were never recovered, he was 29 years old.
The mantle was then passed to the second oldest son in the family, John. After World War II he would win a seat in the US House of Representatives, then the Senate and then in 1960 beat Tricky Dicky by a narrow margin and became president. You have to wonder what would have happened had Joe Jr lived. A lot of things deal with timing. Ike wasn’t going to be beaten in 1952 or 56 by anyone. How would Joe Jr’s career had went? I can only think one thing for certain, had Joe lived Jack would never have become president. Kind of like the Bush’s, George W. was born first and had the first shot at the presidency. Jeb had to wait in line behind W. Jack was waiting in line behind Joe.