Father of 45th US President Donald J. Trump. Real Estate Developer. Fred Trump was the second of three children born to German immigrants, Friederich Trump and Elizabeth Christ. His father died in 1918, when Fred was 13 years old.
Two years later, while still in high school, he started his own construction business building garages in Queens, New York. By the late 1920s he had graduated to building single-family homes. During the depression, he took a risk and opened one of the first supermarkets in the area. His slogan was "Serve Yourself and Save". He eventually sold the supermarket after making a fortune with the venture. After World War II, when apartments for returning servicemen and their families were in short supply, Trump branched out into middle-income housing. Between 1949 and 1963 he built over 27,000 apartments and row homes in Brooklyn and Queens, New York.
Despite his fortune, Fred and his wife of 61 years, Scottish-born Mary McLeod, lived in a red-brick Colonial they built in 1951 on a half-acre lot in the middle-class suburb of Jamaica Estates, in Queens, New York. They had five children:
Maryanne (born 1937), a federal appeals court judge;
Frederick "Fred" Jr. (1938–81);
Elizabeth (born 1942), a banking executive;
Donald (born 1946) businessman, television personality and US President; and Robert (born 1948), president of his father's property management company.
Mar. 14, 1869 - May 30, 1918
Oct. 10, 1880 - June 6, 1966
FRED C. TRUMP Jr.
Oct. 14, 1938 - Sept. 26, 1981
FRED C. TRUMP Sr.
Oct. 11, 1905 - June 25, 1999
MARY A. TRUMP
May 10, 1912 - Aug. 7, 2000
Mary Anne MacLeod Trump
1912–2000 (m. 1936)