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Date of Birth 31 July 1956Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameDeval Laurdine Patrick

Mini Bio (1)

Deval Patrick was born on July 31, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Deval Laurdine Patrick. He has been married to Diane Bemus since May 5, 1984. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Diane Bemus (5 May 1984 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (2)

First African-American governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (USA). He has been in power since January 1, 2007.
He was the 2009 Commencement Speaker at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Personal Quotes (1)

Part of his 2009 commencement speech: Our youngest daughter Catherine graduated from high school a couple years ago. Sitting at her graduation, I couldn't help but think about the difference between her journey and my own nearly 35 years earlier. I grew up on welfare on the South Side of Chicago in my grandparents' two bedroom tenement. I shared a room and set of bunk beds with my mother and my sister who is here today -- so we would rotate from the top bunk to the bottom bunk to the floor, every third night on the floor. I went to overcrowded, sometimes violent public schools. I can't think of a time when I didn't love to read. But I don't actually remember ever owning a book until I got my break in 1970 when I came to Massachusetts on a scholarship to a boarding school..Now, our Catherine, by contrast has always had her own room, most of that time in a house in a leafy neighborhood outside of Boston. By the time she got to high school, she had traveled on four continents, she knew how to use and pronounce concierge, and she had shaken hands in the White House with the President of the United States.

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