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Kennedy, Joseph Patrick (06 September 1888–18 November 1969), businessman and public official, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Patrick Joseph Kennedy, a saloonkeeper and politician, and Mary Hickey. Kennedy’s perspective on life grew out of his origins in the Irish districts of Boston at the turn of the century. Grandson of an Irish immigrant and son of a prosperous ward leader of the Democratic party, his childhood swirled about friends and relatives, the culture of the Roman Catholic church, and politics. While he was proud of his Irish heritage and profited mightily from family and group associations, he came to understand that advancement to a higher level of power and status necessitated moving beyond an Irish identity....

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Strauss, Lewis Lichtenstein (31 January 1896–21 January 1974), financier and government official, was born in Charleston, West Virginia, the son of Lewis S. Strauss, an executive of a wholesale shoe company, and Rosa Lichtenstein. Raised in Richmond, Virginia, where he attended public schools, Strauss hoped to study physics but postponed college when his father suffered financial setbacks....

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Warburg, James Paul (18 August 1896–03 June 1969), financier, government official and presidential confidant, and political writer, was born in Hamburg, Germany, the son of Paul Moritz Warburg, a banker, and Nina Jenny Loeb. James Warburg was settled with his family in the United States in 1901 and naturalized in 1911 along with his eminent father, a brilliant financier. If Paul Warburg embodied the classic reserve and discipline of the fin de siècle German-Jewish elite, the rebellious and impetuous James seemed equally and defiantly proud of the free-wheeling American style that would be his trademark. A brilliant student, James attended private elementary schools in New York City, the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, and Harvard, where he finished his B.A. in three years, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1916....

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Warburg, Paul Moritz, (10 Aug. 1868–24 Jan. 1932), financier and federal government official, was born in Hamburg, Germany, to Charlotte Esther Oppenheim Warburg, who was known for her linguistic and poetic skills, and Moritz Warburg, who served as a partner in M. M. Warburg & Company, a prominent family investment firm established in ...