According to a banging new book, three of the president’s great-grandfathers had slaves and have a family connection to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Joe Biden carries on his Irish heritage but the other side of his lineage is less talked about, and a new book claims the president’s family had slave owners.
According to The Bidens: Inside the First Families’ Fifty-Year Rise to Power By Ben Schrekinger, President Biden’s great-grandfather was Jesse Robinett, who had two slaves in Maryland according to the 1850 U.S. federal census.
Another great-great-grandfather, Thomas Randall, reportedly owned a 14-year-old slave in Baltimore County. The research also found that Mr Biden shares a distant relationship with Warina Anne Banks Howell, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
In an adaptation of Schrekinger’s book, published in politicianIn 2004, Biden called genealogist James Petty—located in Salt Lake City, home of a respected genealogical research library—to look into his backstory, the author claims, but the findings were never publicly disclosed. Granthshala Comment has been requested from the White House.
Following the 2020 election, West Virginia genealogists Alexander Bannerman and Gary Boyd Roberts researched Biden’s genealogy and claim they found evidence that Biden’s relatives used census records and slave schedules involving Robinett and Randall. People were made slaves by citing them.
This isn’t the first time Biden has been linked to claims of racist ancestry – those claims have been proven false in the past. Ahead of the 2020 election, a photo was shared on social media allegedly showing a black-and-white photo of Biden’s great-grandfather, with the text “Joe Biden’s great-grandfather Joseph J. Biden (1828-1880) a slave- was the owner. and fought for the Confederate States of America”. The photo was later discarded, instead identifying the man as Richard Young Bennett, a member of the Confederate army.
Being Irish Catholic has been part of the president’s personality for some time. He once famously told a BBC reporter who was asking for comment: “BBC? I’m from Ireland!”
Mr Biden cites Seamus Heaney as his favorite poet, has spoken about his mother’s Irish Catholic family and going to Catholic school in Delaware, and recently greening the White House fountain for St. Patrick’s Day. Painted in colour.
A giant mural of Biden stands in his native hometown of Ballina, County Mayo, but the president also reportedly have roots in West Sussex, England.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Joe Biden