According to a Reuters analysis, with the exception of Donald Trump, all living US presidents had at least one ancestor who owned slaves.
Reuters disclosed the genealogies of “America’s political elite” on Tuesday, and it was discovered that President Joe Biden and all of his surviving predecessors are descended from slave owners.
Even Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president, is descended from a slaveowner via his Caucasian mother’s branch of the family.
According to Reuters, the following presidents had ancestors who owned slaves:
George Bush: A director ancestor held 25 slaves six generations ago.
Bill Clinton: A director’s ancestor owned a slave five generations ago.
Four generations ago, one director progenitor owned 54 slaves, according to Jimmy Carter.
Barack Obama: A director ancestor owned two slaves six generations ago.
Five generations ago, one of Joe Biden’s direct ancestors owned a slave.
There are also senators and justices on the list.
In addition, it was discovered that 100 members of Congress, 11 governors, and two justices of the Supreme Court are descendants of slaveowners.
At least 28% of Republicans and 8% of Democrats in Congress can trace their ancestry to slaveholders.
Republicans such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Lindsey Graham, as well as Democrats such as Tammy Duckworth and Elizabeth Warren, are among them.
“The preponderance of Republicans reflects the party’s strength in the South, where slavery was concentrated. Although white people enslaved Black people in northern states in early America, by the eve of the Civil War, slavery was almost entirely a southern enterprise,” the Reuters report stated.
According to a Reuters article, Trump’s ancestors did not appear in the United States until after the abolition of slavery in 1865. This is in contrast to the fact that all American presidents have extensive ancestry in the country.
The fact that none of Trump’s ancestors were born in the United States is significant. His paternal ancestors immigrated to the United States from the small German municipality of Kallstadt in the early twentieth century. Business Insider reports that his mother, Mary, was born in Scotland.
In order to determine the ancestry of the political elite, Reuters claimed to have compiled tens of thousands of data points from thousands of pages of documents.
In lieu of researching the direct lineal descendants of the current aristocracy, they claimed to have only examined evidence of slaveholding that occurred after the founding of the United States.