Whitebeard is a Legend yet who was his, original mate?
1st division commander ‘Marco’ is too young to be his original first mate and who was the forerunner to Ace’s division position and additional commanders look too young too.
So, Whitebeard never restored 4th position which was primary Thatch’s place to honour his death.
Whitebeard was the former Yonko who died near the age of 72.
Marco was the 1st division commander though, he seems too Young to be defined as the age of primary first division commander.
Marco was not the initial 1st division commander unless Shanks would have recognized him from his battles against Whitebeard back when he was in Gol D. Roger’s crew though Marco was anew to Shanks.
It’s not the case that there were no powerful characters on the 2nd division there was Marshall D. Teach who was with Newgate aka Whitebeard for past 2 decades and was capable of giving a wound to Shanks who revealed that their battle was fair and he was not rattled but he declined to be commander till the 2nd division decided for Ace to hold the post.
In the Old Era Edward Newgate was on simply one in his squad who got attention as a “legend” with Shiki, Reyleigh, Sengoku, Garp, and Roger but he didn’t desire to become King, His Squad was leaving to go out as no labeled pirates and without any notice while Whitebeard was doing zero as he named was the King of the Seas.
Garp or Sengoku?
Newgate’s commanders could have desired for him to be the Pirate King and do something preferably than only do nothing. I believe that they started a Revolution to obtain the Whitebeard Pirates of him.
However, Whitebeard wouldn’t kill his comrades he could have allowed them to go or they could have escaped.
If I were to present an opinion, We will apparently notice them in Wano also their current head could be the “Lurking Legend” the other person to provide a scar Whitebeard who Oda stated was related to Whitebeard.