November 6 - 1894: The Kennedy Dynasty begins

On this day, JFK's grandfather, a colorful Irishman from Boston's North End, nicknamed "Honey Fitz" for his charming and loquacious ways, was elected to the U.S. Congress.
April, 1946 John Fitzgerald Kennedy with father Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and grandfather John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald. Photograph by Hy Peskin for LOOK Magazine. Printed in "A Kennedy Runs For Congress" - LOOK Magazine, Vol. 10, no. 12, 11 June 1946.

1894: JFK's grandfather "Honey Fitz" elected to Congress

The Kennedy Dynasty begins

Mass Moments recounts what can only be called the beginning of a Massachusetts dynasty:

On this day in 1894, a colorful Irishman from Boston's North End, nicknamed "Honey Fitz" for his charming and loquacious ways, was elected to the U.S. Congress.
Ten years later, John Francis Fitzgerald returned to Boston and ran for mayor. His victory rattled the Yankee establishment. He worked on behalf of the poor, immigrants, and workers, but his administration was rife with graft, cronyism, and corruption. After withdrawing from the 1914 mayoral campaign, Fitzgerald turned his attention to business and family.
His daughter Rose had married Joseph Kennedy, and "Honey Fitz" devoted himself to grooming their sons for political careers. Three of them would serve in the U.S. Senate. His namesake, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, would be the 35th President of the United States.

Read the rest of the Mass Moments article here.

"Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald (as a Congressman on right)was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Irish immigrants, Thomas Fitzgerald of County Limerick and Rosanna Cox of County Cavan. He was the fourth of twelve children; of his siblings, both sisters died in infancy, as did his eldest brother.

Joseph, the ninth brother, had severe brain damage from malaria and barely functioned. Only three survived in good health and after John's mother died when he was sixteen, his father wished for him to become a doctor to help prevent future tragedies of the sort that had marred the Fitzgerald family.

Accordingly, after being educated at Boston Latin School, he enrolled at Harvard Medical School for one year, but withdrew following the death of his father in 1885. Fitzgerald later became a clerk at the Customs House in Boston and was active in the local Democratic Party.

See "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including 1962 - Edward M Kennedy 1st elected (Sen-D-Mass), and 1962 - Edward W Brooke (R) elected attorney general of Massachusetts


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