Bush family

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The Bush Family
George W. Bush and family.jpg
The Bush family in the Red Room of the White House (January 2005). Seated left to right: Marvin Bush, Laura Bush, George W. Bush, Barbara Bush, George H. W. Bush, Jeb Bush. Also pictured, from left: Georgia Grace Koch, Margaret Bush, Brian Berzins Walker Bush,Jenna Bush Hager, Doro Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush,Robert P. Koch, Pierce Bush, Maria Bush, Neil Bush, Ashley Bush, Sam LeBlond, Nancy Ellis LeBlond, Mandi Bush, George P. Bush, and Columba Bush.
Current region Texas
Place of origin New York, United States
Members Samuel Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
George H. W. Bush
George W. Bush
Connected families Flora Sheldon, Dorothy Wear Walker,Barbara Pierce, Laura Lane Welch, Henry Chase Hager
Estate Bush compound

The Bush family is an American family that is prominent in politics and business. Along with many members who have been successful bankers and businessmen, across generations the family includes two U.S. Senators, one Supreme Court Justice, two Governors and two Presidents (one of the two presidents also served as Vice President). George Herbert Walker Bushand Barbara Pierce Bush have been married for 70 years, holding the record for the longest-married presidential couple.Peter Schweizer, author of a biography of the family, has described the Bushes as “the most successful political dynasty in American history”.[1] According to some online sources,[2] the Bush family is of primarily English and German descent.



Patrilineal line[edit]

  • John Bush (1593-1670), The last Old World ancestor
    • Samuel Bush (1647-1733)
      • Richard Bush (c. 1676–1732 in Bristol, Plymouth Colony)
        • Timothy Bush (1728–1821 in Springport, New York) may have been the son of Richard Bush.[citation needed]
          • Timothy Bush, Jr. (1761–1850 in Penfield, New York) was the son of Timothy Bush.
            • Obadiah Newcomb Bush (January 28, 1797–1851) was the son of blacksmith Timothy Bush, Jr. and Lydia Newcomb, and was born in Penfield, New York on January 28, 1797. He left home during the War of 1812 and married Harriet Smith (1800–1867) (Cambridge, New York, May 12, 1800 – Cincinnati, Ohio, June 21, 1867), the daughter of Dr. Sanford Smith (1760–1815) (Stonington, Connecticut, February 27, 1760 – Scipio, New York, June 15, 1815) and his wife Priscilla Whippo Smith (1763–1838) (Cambridge, New York, c. 1763 – Pottstown, Pennsylvania, August 26, 1838), in Rochester, New York on November 8, 1821. He and his wife had seven children. Through his son Reverend James Smith Bush (1825–1889), he is the great-great-grandfather of former President George Herbert Walker Bush and the great-great-great-grandfather of President George W. Bush. In Rochester, Obadiah was employed as a schoolmaster and was also a well known abolitionist. He served as vice president of the Anti-Slavery Society and was on a committee to nominate candidates for justice of the peace. His brother Henry, a manufacturer of stoves, was also well known for his involvement in abolitionist activities. He was a participant in the Underground Railroad, and even petitioned the New York State Legislature to secede from the Union in a protest against slavery. The Rochester Daily Advertiser accused him of encouraging “anarchy.” Eventually Obadiah, Henry and possibly another brother or two went off to find their fortunes in the California Gold Rush of 1849. After two years of toiling in California he began passage home, by ship, to retrieve his family in New York. He died, however, aboard ship and was given a sea burial. According to the book The Faith of George W. Bush: “[He] left his home during the War of 1812, became a schoolmaster, then caught gold fever and left for California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Two years later, he tried to return home to reclaim his family and take them west. He died in the attempt, though, and was buried at sea. leaving his wife and seven children alone in Rochester, New York.”[citation needed]

Other notable relatives[edit]

Connections to other prominent families[edit]

George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush in Beijing, 2008

Walker family[edit]

George Herbert “Bert” Walker (1875–1953) was a wealthy American banker and businessman. His daughter Dorothy marriedPrescott Bush, making him the grandfather of the 41st President George H. W. Bush and the great-grandfather of the 43rd President George W. Bush. He is also the namesake of the Walker Cup, a men’s amateur golf trophy contested in odd-numbered years between a U.S. team and a combined Great Britain and Ireland side.

Livingston family[edit]

The Livingston family, a prominent family which migrated from Scotland to New York (then New Netherlands) in the 17th century, whose descendants include signers of the United States Declaration of Independence (Philip Livingston) and theUnited States Constitution (William Livingston), Lords of Livingston Manor and Clermont Manor, located along the Hudson River in 18th-century eastern New York, First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt, Congressman Bob Livingston ofLouisiana, much of the wealthy Astor family, New York Governor Hamilton Fish, and actors Montgomery Clift, and Jane Wyatt. Flora Sheldon, wife of Samuel P. Bush, was a Livingston.

Schuyler family[edit]

The Schuyler family, a prominent family which migrated from the Netherlands to New York (then New Netherlands) in the 17th century around Albany, NY. Descendants include much of the Livingston family, General Philip Schuyler during the American Revolution, Cornplanter, a Seneca Chief who fought on the side of the British during the American Revolution, David Mathews, Mayor of New York City during British occupation, Major General Schuyler Hamilton, a grandson of Alexander Hamilton, and members of the political Kean family which includes Thomas Kean and Thomas Kean Jr..

Family tree[edit]


See also

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