Genealogist finds evidence showing Biden ancestors owned slaves

Genealogist Alexander Bannerman found evidence that a pair of President Joe Biden's ancestors owned slaves on his father's side during the 19th century.

The discovery will be published in Bannerman's book, The Bidens: Inside the First Family's Fifty-Year Rise to Power, according to Politico.

Biden's great-great-great-grandfather, Jesse Robinett, was found to have owned two slaves in Maryland, according to the 1800 census, Bennerman found in his research.

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Another Biden great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Randle, enslaved a 14-year-old, according to the census records and other documents in the mid-1800s.

Bannerman stressed Biden's family history in the United States goes back to the colonial period, and his family's ties to slavery are relatively small.

"Not a lot of ancestors, and not a lot of slaves," Bannerman said. His book will release on Sept 21.

Biden isn't the only high-ranking politician whose family owned slaves.

Former President Barack Obama, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke all have ancestors who owned slaves, Business Insider reported.

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"We all need to know our own story as it relates to the national story, much as I am learning mine," O'Rourke wrote of his family history. "It is only then, I believe, that we can take the necessary steps to repair the damage done and stop visiting this injustice on the generations that follow ours."

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