31 Facts About Beau Biden


The oldest child of current US president Joe Biden and Neilia Hunter Biden, he served as the 44th attorney general of Delaware from 2007 to 2015 and was a major in the Delaware Army National Guard in the Iraq War.


Beau Biden died of glioblastoma in 2015 at the age of 46.


Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on February 3,1969.


Beau Biden was the first son of Joe Biden, and his first wife Neilia.


Beau Biden was just under four years old, and his brother, Hunter, was just under three years old.


Beau Biden sustained multiple broken bones, while Hunter sustained injuries to his skull and severe traumatic brain damage.


In June 1977, his father married Jill Jacobs, whom Beau Biden welcomed as a stepmother.


Beau Biden graduated from Archmere Academy, his father's high school alma mater, and the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, where he was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.


Beau Biden was a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, as was his father.


Beau Biden joined the Delaware Army National Guard in 2003 and attended The JAG School at the University of Virginia.


Beau Biden attained the rank of major in the Judge Advocate General's Corps as part of the 261st Signal Brigade in Smyrna, Delaware.


Beau Biden's unit was activated to deploy to Iraq on October 3,2008 and sent to Fort Bliss, Texas for pre-deployment training.


Beau Biden traveled to Washington, DC from Iraq in January 2009 for the presidential inauguration and his father's swearing-in as vice president, then returned to Iraq.


Beau Biden received a visit at Camp Victory from his father on July 4,2009.


Beau Biden returned from Iraq in September 2009 after completing his yearlong stint on active duty which included a 7-month deployment in the combat zone.


Beau Biden was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.


Beau Biden's opponent was a veteran state prosecutor and assistant US attorney, Ferris Wharton.


Joe Beau Biden resigned from the Senate following his 2008 election to the vice presidency.


Governor Ruth Ann Minner named former Joe Beau Biden aide Ted Kaufman to fill the vacant seat, but Kaufman made it clear that he would not be a candidate in the 2010 special election.


In October 2009, Beau Biden stated that he was considering a run for the Senate and that he would make a final decision in January.


Beau Biden did not seek election to a third term as attorney general in 2014.


Beau Biden was later diagnosed with brain cancer, which his father believes was possibly a consequence of exposure to military burn pits in Iraq.


Later that month, Beau Biden was transferred to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and kept for observation for several days.


Beau Biden had radiation and chemotherapy treatments and the cancer remained stable.


Beau Biden died there ten days later, on May 30,2015, at the age of 46.


Beau Biden's funeral was held at St Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 6,2015.


Beau Biden's funeral was attended by then President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, their daughters Malia and Sasha, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former US Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno, and then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


Beau Biden did in 46 years what most of us couldn't do in 146.


Beau Biden was buried at St Joseph on the Brandywine in Greenville, Delaware.


Beau Biden's gravesite is near the graves of his grandparents Joe Sr.


On November 4,2015, Beau Biden was posthumously awarded the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award, the highest honor given by the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, for his service to mankind.