Business: No Venom

It used to be an invariable rule in Boston newspaper offices to identify a bustling young banker by the name of Joseph Patrick Kennedy as "the son-in-law of former Mayor John F. Fitzgerald." In 1914, on the strength of $5,000 he had cleared from a venture in a sight-seeing bus, the son of a Democratic ward boss married the daughter of Honey Fitz.* Good Catholics, the Kennedys had a child on the average of every two years, the ninth born in 1932. And when President Roosevelt remembered...

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