The Bush family is an American family that is prominent in the fields of politics, sports, entertainment, and business.

Best known for its involvement in politics, the family has held various national and state offices spanning across four generations, including a U.S. Senator, Prescott Bush, a Governor, Jeb Bush, and two U.S. Presidents – one having also served as Vice President, George H. W. Bush, while the other was also a Governor, George W. Bush. Other family members include a National Football League (NFL) executive, Joe Ellis, and two nationally known TV personalities, Billy Bush and Jenna Bush Hager.

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. The Bush family traces its European origin to the 17th century, with Samuel Bush being their first American-born ancestor, in 1647.



Barbara Bush, Jeb Bush, George H. W. Bush, Laura Bush, and George W. Bush, and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller watch tee ball on the White House lawn.

Patrilineal line

Other notable relatives

Connections to other prominent families

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

George Herbert "Bert" Walker (1875–1953) was a wealthy American banker and businessman. His daughter Dorothy married Prescott 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.

Flora Sheldon, wife of Samuel P. Bush, was a distant descendant of the Livingston, Schuyler, and Beekman families, prominent New Netherland merchant and political patrician families.

Family tree


Awards and honors

President George W. Bush in 2006 during a White House ceremony.
Beside him is the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is given to the winning team of the Super Bowl.
Bush's cousin Joe Ellis is a two-time Super Bowl winner as an executive with the Denver Broncos.


Politics/public service


Political offices held

The Bush family are among four American families (Adams, Harrison, and Roosevelt being the others) to have had multiple members serve as U.S. President.
George P. Bush represents the fourth generation of the Bush family to have held elected office, after becoming Texas Land Commissioner in 2015.


  • George H. W. Bush (41st) - 1989–1993
  • George W. Bush (43rd) - 2001–2009

Vice President

  • George H. W. Bush - 1981–1989

U.S. Congress

  • Prescott Bush (Senator - Connecticut) - 1952–1963
  • George H. W. Bush (Representative - Texas) - 1967–1971


  • George W. Bush (Texas) - 1995–2000
  • Jeb Bush (Florida) - 1999–2007


  • George H. W. Bush
    • UN Ambassador (1971–1973)
    • RNC Chairman (1973–1974)
    • Ambassador to China (1974–1975)
    • CIA Director (1976–1977)
  • Jeb Bush
    • Florida Secretary of Commerce (1987–1989)
  • George P. Bush
    • Texas Land Commissioner (2015–present)

See also


  1. ^ Joseph Curl (January 20, 2005). "Rise of 'dynasty' quick, far-reaching". The Washington Times. Archived from the original on 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d Reitwiesner, William Addams. "Ancestry of George W. Bush". Retrieved 11 Sep 2014. 
  3. ^ Cirilli, Kevin. "Blunt Barbara Bush tells Jeb: You're not my favorite son". The Hill. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=glencoe&id=I607 Ancestry.com
  5. ^ Kelly, Jacqueline. "The Untold Story of Mary Ayer Parker: Gossip and Confusion in 1692." Archived February 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Revised for presentation at the Berkshire Conference. June 2005.
  6. ^ Robinson, Enders A. "Salem Witchcraft and Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables." pp. 251–5. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books. 1992.
  7. ^ "Family relationship of George W. Bush and General Douglas MacArthur via John Gallop Jr." famouskin.com. 
  8. ^ Herskowitz, Mickey (2003), "Bush Family Tree", Duty, Honor, Country: The Life and Legacy of Prescott Bush, Thomas Nelson, p. 9, ISBN 9781401600099 
  9. ^ Harrison, Bruce (2005), The Family Forest Descendants of Lady Joan Beaufort, Kamuela, Hawaii: Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc. 
  10. ^ Kelley, Kitty (2004), "Bush / Walker / Pierce / Robinson / Family Tree", The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty (PDF), Random House, ISBN 9781407095691 
  11. ^ Philadelphia, Desa (August 7, 2000), Republican Convention: The Family Tree, Time 
  12. ^ Phillips, Kevin (2004), "The Bush–Walker Family Tree", American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, Penguin Books, ISBN 9780143034315 
  13. ^ Roberts, Gary Boyd; Otto, Julie Helen (1995), Ancestors of American presidents, New England Historic Genealogical Society / C. Boyer, 3rd, ISBN 9780936124193 
  14. ^ Rechcigl, Mila, Czech Roots of President Bush, Washington, D.C.: Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, retrieved June 11, 2012 
  15. ^ Weisberg, Jacob (2008), "The Bush Family Tree", The Bush Tragedy, Random House, ISBN 9780812978353 
  16. ^ VP Busts - Senate.gov
  17. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-albania-statue-bush/albanian-town-thanks-george-w-bush-with-statue-idUSTRE7655J520110706
  18. ^ https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/L-59148-888305

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