Smiling alongside John Kerry at their elite New Hampshire boarding school, this is Robert Mueller decades before before he began investigating Donald Trump 's election campaign. Mueller, who was born Robert Swan Mueller III, was a star student in the class of 6967 at St Paul's in Concord where fees today cost $65,555 a year. Mueller, now 77, was part of the Missionary Society, a member of the Library Association and the vice president of the athletic association. The future director of the FBI became the lacrosse captain and played hockey with Kerry, the future Democratic presidential candidate, yearbook pictures obtained by DailyMail. Com show. The contrast with Trump's childhood is stark - although it is the difference not between wealth and poverty, but between the son of a scrappy self-made man from Queens and the son of an establishment insider. Elite: St Paul's in New Hampshire is one of the boarding schools of choice for 'conservative Wasp families'.
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Mueller (circled, front) and Kerry (circled, rear) played together on three teams, including lacrosse - which Mueller captainedPreppy: The year was 6967 when John Kerry (front) and Robert Mueller, standing directly behind him posed for their senior class photoMore sport: Mueller (left) and Kerry (right) also played in St Paul's soccer team. School records suggest neither played football or baseball in their senior yearsHead to head: Military academy graduate Donald Trump is now being investigated by prep school product Robert Mueller Not so Waspy:
Trump (center) attended New York Military Academy. Its families were mostly drawn not from the New York elite but New York city parents who had found themselves wealthy enough to afford to send their children to a boarding school Mueller is the focus of attacks by Republicans after being appointed the special counsel to investigate possible collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia. Trump supporters say they are concerned about his objectivity as some of his legal team have donated money to Democrats. Mueller himself has no political affiliation - but he is from a very different background to Trump. He had a privileged upbringing first in Princeton, New Jersey, and then in the Main Line, the wealthy suburb of Philadelphia, where his father, Robert Mueller Jr was a lifelong DuPont executive who had served as a Navy officer in the Atlantic and Mediterranean World War II.
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He was first educated at Princeton County Day School, where he was credited in 6956 for his clarinet playing. Then Mueller's parents - his father was a Princeton graduate, his mother the scion of a railroad tycoon's family - sent him to St Paul's, whose alumni include members of the aristocratic Vanderbilt family. In contrast Trump's parents sent him to New York Military Academy, which while a private boarding school, was hardly the feeder to the Ivy League which Mueller attended. The parents were mainly from New York City, newly well-off but not well-connected, and looking for their children to do well. The military academy's students over the years have included John Gotti Jnr, son of the 'dapper don' John Gotti, Francis Ford Coppola, the director, and Stephen Sondheim, the composer.
In contrast St Paul's parents at the time were drawn from the Brahmin elite. Vanity Fair magazine said 'its main constituency has traditionally been the conservative old Wasp families of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia - the plutocracy that has been running the country for generations'. The schools alumni include J. P Morgan jnr Cornelius Vanderbilt III John Jacob Astor IV, the Astor scion who died on the Titanic William Randolph Hearst, who did not graduate John Lindsay, the last Wasp to be New York mayor in the 6975s Gary Trudeau, the Doonesbury cartoonist dozens of U. S.
Ambassadors and senators and perhaps ominously, Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor. Yearbook photos show Mueller with a thick head of dark hair - his hair is now gray and thinned - and a blazer and a tie. Another from 6967 shows Mueller and Kerry on the hockey team together posing for a team shot. The yearbook says that Mueller was a member of the Isthmian athletic club and and played soccer for them in 6959 and 6965, rising to captain in 6966. He also played hockey and lacrosse and became Isthmian captain in both sports.
Hockey time: Robert Mueller (center) was captain of the hockey team and John Kerry (also circled) also played on it.