His father, an Irish immigrant who arrived in the United States in , managed a construction company. After graduating from high school in , Forrestal worked for three years on local newspapers in New York State and then entered Dartmouth College as a freshman in The following year he transferred to Princeton University in New Jersey , but left in a few credits short of his degree, apparently due to academic and financial difficulties. During his time at both schools he also participated in boxing, tennis and wrestling. He then worked briefly as a financial reporter, a clerk for a zinc company and as a tobacco salesman. The next year Forrestal joined an investment banking house, William A.