Letters Reveal Bush Family Descended From Infamous Slave Trader

slave traderWondering where the “W” in George W. Bush comes from? Funny story…via Slate:

New historical evidence shows that a direct ancestor of George W. and George H.W. Bush was part of an 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. The historical evidence suggests that he died at sea in 1797 when his own crew mutinied and threw him overboard.

Letters from 1787, addressed to Bristol slave dealer James Rogers, show Walker complaining about the high cost of slaves. The June 23 letter states: “Slaves is at the price of 150 [illegible] and the coast seemes [sic] to be lin’d with vessels of all kind.”

The July 2 letter says: “I have purchased seventeen fine negroes and am this day proceeding down the coast to try what I do can there. Slaves is at a very greate [sic] price.”

Bush historian Gary Boyd Roberts said that while he had not known of Walker’s slave dealing, the finding did not surprise him, given that the Walkers were a mercantile family and Baltimore, where they established themselves in the United States, was a hub for the slave trade.

The only other president with definite slave dealer ancestry was Thomas Jefferson, whose father-in-law, John Wayles, was a planter, slave trader and lawyer in the Virginia Colony.

George W. Bush denounced the slave trade as one of “the greatest crimes of history” on his 2003 visit to Goree Island, a former slave fort off the coast of the Senegalese capital, Dakar. “Small men took on the powers and airs of tyrants and masters,” he said.

11 Comments on "Letters Reveal Bush Family Descended From Infamous Slave Trader"

  1. Ted Heistman | Jun 22, 2013 at 9:29 am |

    A lot of East Coast bluebloods are descended from Pirates.

  2. Charlie Primero | Jun 22, 2013 at 9:29 am |

    Prescott Bush was a Nazi. His son GHW Bush assisted in the murder of JFK. His son W guided America into an unending global dirty war. I expect big things from generation 5.0 Bush Boys.

  3. Nice POS family!

  4. A long line of pure evil.

  5. Washichu Rehab | Jun 22, 2013 at 11:51 am |

    Barbarians are coming. Alive ones, with big swinging dicks and no need of gold. To reclaim the green earth and its children. Evolution. The old dried ridiculous fucks in their pin stripe suits will be kept alive in zoos, so that the young can see how ugly they were. With all their symbols of power, the flag, the presidency, the Wall St., champaigne, rolex, stocks. The merchant and pirate class will fall and be redundant as the royal families of europe, the spectacle and exhibition.
    And the earth will be green again, and those who can live with it will not be enslaved again. Natives from every corner of the world.
    One can either be for that or against that. If the earth is not green, we all become metal and gray, and dead, tho whirring. Organic or nothing.

  6. InfvoCuernos | Jun 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm |

    Hey, not all Walkers are slavers. There’s the Walker that turned over years of military encryption to the KGB at the height of the cold war, then there’s the Walker that joined the taliban after 9-11.

  7. “Letters reveal that 18th century slave trader ancestor of infamous US president.”

  8. BuzzCoastin | Jun 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm |

    the history of the Bush family
    like Obama’s family history
    or the family history of most elites
    are like button mushroom gardens
    hidden in the dark and covered in bullshit

  9. rhetorics_killer | Jun 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm |

    We know for sure there is a crime at the root of every wealth. Let us acknowledge the slave trade for the Bush family.. This is in tune with their present concern in weapons dealing.

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