John F. Fitzgerald

John F. Fitzgerald

Born Feb 11, 1863

John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald was an American politician and the maternal grandfather of three prominent United States politicians—President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (his namesake) and Senators Robert Francis Kennedy and Edward Moore Kennedy.

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1863 Birth Born on February 11, 1863.


1885 22 Years Old Accordingly, after being educated at Boston Latin School and Boston College, he enrolled at Harvard Medical School for one year, but withdrew following the death of his father in 1885. … Read More
1889 26 Years Old On September 18, 1889, Fitzgerald married his second cousin Mary Josephine "Josie" Hannon (October 31, 1865 – August 8, 1964). … Read More
1891 28 Years Old Fitzgerald was elected to Boston's Common Council in 1891.
1892 29 Years Old In 1892, he became a member of the Massachusetts Senate, and in 1894, he was elected to Congress for the 9th district, serving from 1895 to 1901.


1906 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1906, Fitzgerald was elected Mayor of Boston, becoming the first American-born Irish-Catholic to be elected to that office.
1912 49 Years Old Early in his first term as Boston's mayor, Fitzgerald formulated a plan to revitalize the commercial importance of the city. Using the slogan "A bigger, busier and better Boston", Fitzgerald was able to persuade business and the Massachusetts legislature to invest $9 million for improvements to the port by 1912. … Read More


1914 51 Years Old In 1914, these two powerful political families (Kennedy and Fitzgerald) were united when P. J.'s elder son Joe married Fitzgerald's eldest daughter Rose. … Read More
1916 53 Years Old Fitzgerald was an unsuccessful candidate for the offices of Senator in 1916 and Governor in 1922. … Read More


1942 79 Years Old In 1942, he ran a quixotic campaign for the U.S. Senate, and lost the Democratic primary to Congressman Joseph E. Casey.
1946 83 Years Old In his later years, Fitzgerald focused on his business interests and on honing the political instincts of his daughter Rose's promising sons. In 1946, when John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy decided to run for Congress, 83-year-old Honey Fitz helped him plan his campaign strategy. … Read More
1950 88 Years Old On October 2, 1950, Fitzgerald died in Boston at the age of eighty-seven. … Read More
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