Former Vice President Joe Biden briefly worked as an attorney before turning to politics and also became the fifth-youngest U.S. senator in history as well as Delaware’s longest-serving senator.
Biden grew up in the blue-collar city of Scranton in northeast Pennsylvania before reaching the highest political offices in the nation. His mother, Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Finnegan, and Joseph Biden Sr., his father, worked cleaning furnaces and as a used car salesman.
Biden credits his parents for the man he came out to be. He has recalled his father frequently saying, “Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up.” He’s also said that when he would come home sullen because he had been bullied by one of the bigger kids in the neighborhood, his mother would tell him, “Bloody their nose so you can walk down the street the next day!'”
Biden attended St. Paul’s Elementary School in Scranton. As a child, Biden struggled with a stutter, and kids called him “Dash” and “Joe Impedimenta” to mock him.
Until he gained acceptance into the prestigious Archmere Academy Biden attended the St. Helena School. He was a solid student and a standout receiver on the football team despite being a skinny kid. However, it was hard for him to arrange his tuition which he helped his family by washing the school windows and weeding the gardens.
At the University of Delaware, Biden studied history and political science and played football. He mentioned that interest in politics grew in these years but was not focused on academics. Rather, he enjoyed most of the days in football, girls and parties.
Biden met a Syracuse University student named Neilia Hunter on a spring break trip to the Bahamas during his junior year, which in his words, “fell ass over tin cup in love—at first sight.” He later joined the same University to study Law where he was accused of having plagiarized five of 15 pages of a law review article during his first year. He defended himself by saying he didn’t know the proper rule of citation.