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Taking the Oath in Hospital

Joseph Biden being Sworn-in as a Senator by Secretary of the Senate Frank Valeo in Hospital
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Soon after Delaware senator Joseph Biden was elected in November 1972, an automobile accident claimed the lives of his wife and infant daughter and put his two young sons in the hospital. To allow him to remain at his children's bedside, Secretary of the Senate Francis Valeo traveled to Wilmington to issue the oath of office to the new senator, a ceremony Valeo recalled in his oral history interview.


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