President-elect Joe Biden: Life in photos

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Del.
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Joe Biden turns 78 on Friday, meaning he will surpass President Trump and President Reagan as the oldest president when he is inaugurated Jan. 20

Trump — four years Biden’s junior — sought to make his rival’s age an issue throughout the campaign. Reagan, who also drew attention for his advancing years, was 69 when he took office in 1981. Trump was 70 in 2016, making him the oldest person to assume the presidency.

In contrast, the youngest elected president was John F. Kennedy, who was 43 at the time of his inauguration and 46 at the time of his 1963 assassination.

See moments in pictures throughout the president-elect’s life.

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Sen. Joe Biden in 1991 in his Washington office.
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Biden holds his daughter, Ashley, while taking a mock oath of office from George H.W. Bush in 1985.
Biden takes a mock oath of office from Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1985, holding his daughter, Ashley, as sons Hunter and Beau stand by.
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Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), wearing a University of Delaware baseball cap, leaves Walter Reed Hospital with son Hunter.
Sen. Joe Biden, with a teenage Hunter, leaves the hospital in March 1988 after one of several procedures following a February aneurysm.
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Biden appears with his mother, Jean, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Biden appears with his mother, Jean, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, where he was vice presidential candidate.
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Biden laughs with President Obama, who was awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, in 2017.
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Jill Biden holds the Bible as Vice President Joe Biden takes the oath of office in 2013.
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Biden takes a selfie with students at Rutgers University in October 2017.
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President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden watch fireworks after speaking Nov. 7 in Wilmington, Del.
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Jill and Joe Biden waving to a crowd of people in an arena
Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden appear at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
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In February 2003, Sen. Joe Biden is interviewed in his office about the possibility of war with Iraq.
In February 2003, Biden, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is interviewed in his office about the possibility of war with Iraq.
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks Thursday, the day before his 78th birthday, in Wilmington, Del.
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