Jill Biden

Educator and Academic; Second Lady of the United States
Born Jun 5, 1951
Age 64
Other Names Jacobs, Jill Tracy

Jill Tracy Biden is an American educator and, as the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is the Second Lady of the United States. She was born in Hammonton, New Jersey and grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She married Joe Biden in 1977 and became stepmother to his two young sons from his first marriage, Beau and Hunter, whose mother and baby sister died in a car accident. Joe and Jill Biden have a daughter, Ashley, born in 1981.… Read More

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1951 Birth Born on June 3, 1951.


1969 18 Years Old She graduated in 1969.
1970 19 Years Old Jacobs enrolled in a junior college in Pennsylvania to study fashion merchandising, but soon found it unsatisfying. She married Bill Stevenson, a former college football player, in February 1970. … Read More


1975 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Subsequently, she returned to college and met Senator Joe Biden as a senior at Delaware in March 1975. … Read More
1976 25 Years Old Meanwhile, she was going through turbulent divorce proceedings with Stevenson; the court case ended in 1976, with her not getting the half-share in the Stone Balloon she had wanted.
1977 26 Years Old 1 More Event
She was born in Hammonton, New Jersey, and grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She married Joe Biden in 1977 and became stepmother to his two young sons from his first marriage, Beau and Hunter, whose mother and baby sister died in a car accident. … Read More


1981 30 Years Old 1 More Event
She continued to teach and then, while pregnant, received a Master of Education with a specialty in Reading from West Chester University in 1981.
1987 36 Years Old In 1987, Biden received a second Master of Arts degree, this one in English from Villanova University.
1988 37 Years Old During her husband's 1988 bid for the Presidency, she said she would continue her job of teaching emotionally disturbed children even if she became First Lady. … Read More


1993 42 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1993 through 2008, Biden was an instructor at the Stanton/Wilmington campus of Delaware Technical & Community College, where she taught English composition and remedial writing, with an emphasis on instilling confidence in students. … Read More


2004 53 Years Old Following George W. Bush's reelection in 2004, she urged her husband to run again for President, later saying: "I literally wore black for a week. … Read More
2007 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Biden helped found Book Buddies, which provides books for low-income children, and has been very active in Delaware Boots on the Ground, an organization that supports military families. … Read More
2008 57 Years Old 1 More Event
And I said to Joe, 'You've got to change this, you have to change this.'" During Joe Biden's 2008 campaign to be the Democratic nominee, she continued to teach during the week and would join him for campaigning on weekends. … Read More
In January 2009, she began teaching two English courses as an adjunct professor at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the second largest community college in the nation. … Read More
2010 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2010, she gave the commencement speech at the University of Delaware's winter commencement, the first such address by her at a major university.


In April 2011, she and Michelle Obama founded a national initiative, Joining Forces, to showcase the needs of U.S. military families.
In June 2012, she published a children's book, Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops, based around her son Beau's deployment. … Read More
2013 62 Years Old She wore a silk blue gown by Vera Wang when she appeared at the inaugural balls in January 2013. … Read More
2014 63 Years Old During the 2014 U.S. midterm Congressional elections she was active in campaigning for a number of Democratic candidates, including high-profile contests such as Mark Udall in Colorado and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.
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