Just like Horatio G. Spafford who lost all his businesses and five children, Joe Biden is no stranger to tears and tragedy. But as Spafford would go on to compose the famous hymn, “It is well with my soul” Joe Biden will rise to become America’s Vice President.


For Biden, the road to becoming the Democratic Presidential nominee and potentially the next American President has been a long and winding one.


The 77-year-old native of Delaware has gone through extreme ups and downs in his personal life, including the painful deaths of his first wife and two of his children, only one month after winning the U.S. Senate election in Delaware at just 29 years old,


His wife Neilia and their daughter Naomi — who was just a year old at the time — were killed in a car accident. A tractor-trailer smashed into their car while they were Christmas shopping just a mile away from their home. Beau, who was 4 years old at the time, and Hunter, who was 2, were also in the car but survived, though not without suffering serious injuries.

Joe Biden sworn into senate at a hospital on his sons sick bed


While delivering Beau’s eulogy in 2015 after he died from brain cancer, Hunter recalled the devastating accident


Biden in a CNN documentary mentioned that he contemplated suicide following the deaths of Neilia and Naomi, but his sons kept him going.

In 1973, he was sworn into the Senate at Beau’s bedside at the hospital, where he and Hunter were still recovering at the time.

Biden and his current wife Jill began dating and subsequently married on June 17, 1977, and they welcomed their daughter, Ashley, in 1981.


Regardless of the upheavals in his personal life, Biden continued to rise politically through the years. Biden was re-elected to six more Senate terms after his first election in 1972. Despite his inability to win the 1988 and 2008 presidential campaigns, he was eventually asked by Barack Obama to be his vice president in 2008, and the two won the election against then-senator John McCain and Sarah Palin and were reelected in 2012


Still, Biden continued to suffer incredible and uninterrupted tragedy during his vice presidency when his eldest son, Beau, died in 2015 at 46 after a private battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.


In 2017, the family faced a scandal when Beau’s widow, Hallie, began dating his younger brother, Hunter, who was then separated from his wife. Still, Biden showed his unconditional love for the two at the time, though Hallie and Hunter eventually broke up in 2019.

Biden also talked about how his faith helped him through Beau’s death and also shared some of the touching last words his late son said to him during a Town Hall meeting with CNN in February

“I’ve found that there’s that famous phrase from Kierkegaard, ‘Faith sees best in the dark’ … For me, it’s important because it gives me some reason to have hope. And purpose,” he said. “But the only way I’ve been able to deal with when my wife was killed and my daughter were killed and that my son died, I’ve only been able to deal with it by realizing they’re part of my being. My son Beau is my soul.”

“Because he asked me when he was dying, ‘Promise me, Dad. … Promise me, you’ll stay engaged,” he continued. “He knew I’d take care of the family, but he worried what I would do is I would pull back and go into a shell and not do all the things I’ve done before. It took a long time for me to get to the point to realize that that purpose is the thing that would save me. And it has. And every morning I get up and I say to myself … I hope he’s proud of me.”

Joe Biden during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Biden got emotional and shed tears as he talked about Beau.

“Beau should be the one running for president, not me,” he said. “He is part of me, and so is my surviving son, Hunter, and Ashley.”

Biden later said his personal tragedies have led to greater empathy with people who also are struggling.