9 White Celebs, World Leaders Whose Families Owned Slaves

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George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

According to researchers, a notoriously vicious slave trader, who brought captive slaves from West Africa to colonial America, is the same man whose descendants produced two U.S. presidents: George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush.

Slate.com reports:

“Twelve American presidents owned slaves, eight while serving in office, and at least 25 presidents count slave owners among their ancestors. But Thomas Walker a direct ancestor of George W. and George H.W. Bush was part of a much more appalling group: Thomas Walker was a notorious slave trader active in the late 18th century along the coast of West Africa. Walker, George H.W. Bush’s great-great-great grandfather, was the captain of, master of, or investor in at least 11 slaving voyages to West Africa between 1784 and 1792.”

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, at least five Walker family households, George W. Bush’s ancestors by his father’s mother, owned slaves in Maryland’s Cecil County.

 

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Richard Dawkins

The outspoken atheist, who once branded the Catholic Church as “evil,” is the direct descendant of Henry Dawkins who owned 1,013 slaves in Jamaica until he died in 1744.

According to the U.K.-based Daily Mail, Dawkins’ 400-acre family estate, Over Norton Park near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, is believed to have been bought with money made through slave ownership hundreds of years ago. Dawkins is best known as the author of “The Selfish Gene.”

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