Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1915
Date of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Accidental plane crash
Occupation: Bomber pilot
Parents: Joseph and Rose Kennedy
Relatives: John, Robert, Edward (brothers)
Military Branch: United States Navy
(World War II)
Turtledove Appearances:
"Before the Beginning"
Set in the Future
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Down to Earth
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Occupation: Politician
Political Party: Democratic Party
Military Branch: US Navy (WWII, Race Invasion of Tosev 3
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Return Engagement
Military Branch: United States Army
(Second Great War)
Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr. (July 25, 1915 - August 12, 1944) was the eldest son of Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy. He was a bomber pilot during World War II. He was killed in an accident in England while departing for a bombing mission.

Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in "Before the Beginning"Edit

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.'s death was a popular time-viewer recording, as were those of his brothers John and Robert and his nephews John, Jr. and Michael.

Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in WorldwarEdit

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. ran for Vice President as Hubert Humphrey's running mate on the Democratic ticket in 1964.[1] Humphrey and Kennedy were soundly defeated by Republican incumbents Earl Warren and Harold Stassen.[2]

Literary commentEdit

Kennedy's brother John F. Kennedy is not mentioned in the series, but is depicted on the cover of Down to Earth (wherein Joe Jr. runs for VP), suggesting that the artist confused the two.

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. in Southern VictoryEdit

Major Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. commanded a squadron of Wright-27 fighters in the United States Army Air Corps during Operation Blackbeard. During the operation, he was a tent-mate of Jonathan Moss. Moss was unnerved by Kennedy's harsh views on treatment of people in U.S. Occupied territory.[3]

Kennedy was a son of Boston Democratic Party operative Joseph P. Kennedy. Despite sharing his father's political views, he did not share his father's political ambitions.[4]


  1. Down to Earth, pg. 321.
  2. Ibid., pg. 346.
  3. Return Engagement, pgs. 271-274.
  4. Ibid.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Last known is
Henry Wallace
Democratic Party vice presidential nominee
1964 (lost)
Succeeded by