View Full Version : Did JFK ever meet FDR?
10-06-2011, 10:00 AM
FDR appointed his dad Joe Sr. to serve as chairman of the SEC and later U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James's, of course, but in all my reading I've never come across any mention of the 32nd President meeting the (future) 35th President. Anyone know of such a meeting?
10-06-2011, 11:01 AM
It seems likely that they met socially. FDR had a lot of White House parties before WWII started.
JFK was working in Washington in 1941 as an ensign in the US Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence. He got involved with a suspected spy, Inga Arvad and was quickly transferred out of Washington.
10-06-2011, 11:09 AM
Given Joe's desire to see his children succeed it would be unlikely that they didn't meet at some function or another, but I don't remember reading about them meeting, either socially or otherwise. They really wouldn't have been in the same social circles I don't think...
10-06-2011, 11:29 AM
They really wouldn't have been in the same social circles I don't think...
They were both part of wealthy Northeastern families that were active in Democratic politics, both were Harvard alums and JFK's father was part of FDRs campaign and then his administration.
That said, JFK was pretty young when FDR was elected, and then was in boarding schools and college most of the early 30's, and then finally was abroad with his father during the late 30's and early 40's . And of course, once WWII broke out, FDR probably didn't have much time for meet-and-greets with the families of his staff (and JFK was in the Pacific after the US joined the war). So it may have been that the men just never had the opportunity to meet each other, despite the fact that they obviously would've known a lot of the same people.
In anycase, I can't find any reference to their meeting on google, and given that Presidents meeting their future successors seems to be popular factoids amongst people that collect Presidential trivia, I suspect the lack of hits on search results means such a meeting never happened.
10-06-2011, 02:35 PM
I suspect you're right, but Joe Sr. took his boys lots of places:
Vatican City, 1939 (the Swiss Guardsman on the right looks like Babe Ruth!)
London, 1939, on the day the UK declared war on Germany
10-31-2011, 02:39 PM
Anyone else want to weigh in?
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