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Jill Biden: From teacher to possible US first lady - Anything can happen in America

Standing in an empty classroom where she taught English in the 1990s, Jill Biden delivered the headline address at the Democratic Party's convention on Tuesday after her husband was officially named presidential candidate.

After making the case for Joe Biden to be elected, she was joined by her husband who lauded her qualities as a potential first lady.

"For all of you out there across the country, just think of your favourite educator who gave you the confidence to believe in yourself. That's the kind of first lady... Jill Biden will be," he said.

But what do we know about the woman who could soon be joining her husband in the White House?

Personal life

Jill Jacobs was born in June 1951 in the US state of New Jersey. The oldest of five sisters, she grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Willow Grove.

Prior to marrying Joe, she was married to former college football player Bill Stevenson.

Joe Biden lost his first wife and his one-year-old daughter in a car accident in 1972. His sons Beau and Hunter both survived the accident.

Jill says she was introduced to Joe through his brother in 1975. At that time, he was a senator, while she was still in college. See more on her profile.

Trc blog 19/08/2020

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