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First Irish Catholic President

John F. Kennedy

Of course, the height of the political ascendency for Irish Americans in the 20th Century was the election of the first Irish Catholic President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  Both Kennedy’s maternal and paternal roots are firmly embedded in Ireland.  The Kennedy political dynasty in America comes out of Boston in the form of his grandfather James “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, first elected Mayor of Boston in 1906.

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