Part One of Two Parts
He was born in October 1905 in the Bronx. He was given the name Frederick Christ Trump. At the young age of 12, his father passed away during the 1918 flu pandemic. In his early years, he worked as a caddy, a curb whitewasher, and a delivery boy. He later became a successful businessman and philanthropist. He became the father of five children. One of them, Donald, became the 45th president of the United States.
Fred attended Richmond High School in Queens, beginning in 1918. He graduated in 1923. He had an interest in becoming a builder. To better prepare himself, he enrolled in night classes in carpentry and reading blueprints. In addition, he took correspondence courses in plumbing, masonry, and electrical wiring.
After graduating from high school, Trump was employed full-time, pulling wagonloads of building materials to various construction sites. He also found work as a carpenter while continuing his education at Pratt Institute. Soon after his graduation from Richmond High School, he began construction of his first house. His mother helped to finance his construction.
Fred and his mother, Elizabeth Christ Trump, created E. Trump & Son, a real estate development company. His career focused on home construction and sales. Three years later, Trump had built 20 homes in Queens. During the Great Depression, in the mid-1930’s he built one of the first modern supermarkets. The store was set up so shoppers could select their choice of groceries to buy. The Trump Market, in Woodhaven, became very popular. After six months, he sold it to the King Kullen supermarket chain.
Fred and his mother’s company was successful in building and managing single-family homes, barracks, and apartments for U.S. Navy personnel. Fred and his mother managed their 27,000 apartments in New York City.
In the 1930s, Trump met Mary Anne MacLeod at a party. The young woman had immigrated from Tong, Lewis, Scotland. Trump, a Lutheran, married the woman, a Presbyterian, on January 11, 1936. His new wife became involved in a number of charities and various organizations through the years. There were times when she would help her husband, with their businesses, by driving her rose-colored Rolls Royce to their different apartment houses to collect the coins from the laundromats. She enjoyed being a housewife and caring for their children.