Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy Sr. (September 6, 1888 – November 18, 1969) was a prominent American businessman and political figure from Massachusetts, and the father of nine children including bomber pilot Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. He was a leading member of the Democratic Party and of the Irish Catholic community. He was the first head of the Securities and Exchange Commission; President Franklin D. Roosevelt justified the choice by saying "If you want to catch a thief, send a thief after him." Kennedy also served briefly as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom at the start of World War II.
Joseph P. Kennedy in Southern Victory
Joseph P. Kennedy was a Democratic Party operative in Boston in the 1920s and '30s. Kennedy recruited Sylvia Enos to appear at political functions after she became a folk hero for avenging her husband, George Enos, by shooting his murderer, Confederate submersible commander, Roger Kimball.
Kennedy attempted to seduce Sylvia (despite the fact that he was married), and was frustrated by her consistent refusals - especially after she began an affair with Ernie (an affair which would eventually cost her her life). In revenge, Kennedy vowed that Sylvia would not be part of President Herbert Hoover's bid for re-election in 1936. However, when the time came, Kennedy, at the behest of the party, did ask Sylvia to campaign. Sylvia agreed. Sylvia confessed some surprise that Kennedy was not voting for Al Smith. In spite of their shared religion, Kennedy assured Sylvia that he intended to help defeat the staunchly Socialist Smith. The Democrats efforts were for naught, as Smith won the election.
Despite a capacity for vindictiveness, and despite his anger at Sylvia Enos for spurning him, Kennedy helped secure her son, George Enos Jr.'s discharge from the Navy after the Second Great War ended.