Baltimore Sun: Records Show Obama Ancestors Had Slaves

By Jake Whitman

Mar 2, 2007 7:21am

ABC’s Jake Whitman Reports: The Baltimore Sun is reporting this morning that ancestry records show that one of Barack Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfathers owned two slaves recorded in the 1850 census.

Reporters David Nitkin and Harry Merritt retraced information first reported online in the website of William Addams Reitwiesner, who works at the Library of Congress and practices genealogy in his spare time.

Nitkin and Merritt retraced much of Reitwiesner’s work by pouring over records on the website ancestry.com along with other sources.   They found Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfather George Washington Overall owned two slaves.  The Sun report also says that one of Obama’s great-great-great-great-great grandmothers also owned two slaves.

The paper says that an Obama spokesman did not dispute the information and said that the senator’s ancestors "are representative of America."

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