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". According to some online sources, 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.
- James Smith Bush (1825–1889), father of Samuel P. Bush
- Samuel Prescott Bush (1863–1948), father of Prescott Bush and son of James Smith Bush
- Flora Sheldon Bush (1870–1920), wife of Samuel P. Bush (married June 20, 1894) and mother to Prescott Bush
- Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895–1972), Samuel P. Bush's son, served as a US Senator from Connecticut; former chairman of the USGA.
- Dorothy Wear Walker Bush (1901–1992), wife of Prescott, was a daughter of George Herbert Walker of the well-connected Walker family of bankers and businessmen, served as informal First Mother from 1989, her son's inauguration during the beginning of his presidency until her death in 1992, on her son's first year of the presidency.
- Prescott Sheldon "Pressy" Bush Jr. (1922–2010), Prescott Bush's eldest son, who served as chairman of the United States-China Chamber of Commerce
- George Herbert Walker Bush (born 1924), Prescott Bush Sr.'s second son; President of the United States, Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan, a Congressman from Houston, and Central Intelligence Agency director, among other political and diplomatic posts
- Barbara Pierce Bush (born 1925), wife of George H. W.; daughter of publisher Marvin Pierce, distant cousin of 14th US President Franklin Pierce, Second Lady and later First Lady of the US
- George Walker Bush (born 1946), George H. W. Bush's eldest son, 43rd President of the United States and (earlier) 46th Governor of Texas
George H. W. Bush picnics on the lawn of his Kennebunkport home with his family, 1988
- Laura Lane Welch Bush (born 1946), wife of George W. and First Lady; earlier a teacher
- Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush (1949–1953), George H. W. Bush's second child and first daughter; died of leukemia near school-age
- John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (born 1953), George H. W. Bush's second son, was the 43rd Governor of Florida; married to Columba Garnica Gallo
- George Prescott Bush (born 1976), son of Jeb Bush, elected commissioner of the Texas General Land Office in 2014; married to Amanda Williams
- Prescott Walker Bush (born June 3, 2013), son of George P. Bush
- John William Bush (born April 13, 2015), son of George P. Bush
- Noelle Lucila Bush (born 1977), daughter of Jeb Bush
- John Ellis "Jebby" Bush Jr. (born 1983), son of Jeb Bush; married to Sandra Mary Algudady
- Georgia Helena Walker Bush (born 2011), daughter of Jebby Bush
- Vivian Alexandra Columba Bush (born 2014), daughter of Jebby Bush
- Neil Mallon Bush (born 1955), third son of George H. W. Bush and brother of Pres. George W. Bush; businessman; married Sharon Smith, & divorced in April 2003; married to Maria Andrews as of 2004
- Marvin Pierce Bush (born 1956), fourth son of George H. W. Bush, and brother of George W. Bush; venture capitalist; married to Margaret Conway (née Molster); adopted children: daughter Marshall, and son Walker
- Dorothy Walker Bush Koch (born 1959), second daughter of George H. W. Bush and sister of President George W. Bush; married to, and in 1990 divorced from, William LeBlond; married to Bobby Koch, wine lobbyist
- Samuel Bush LeBlond (born 1984), son of Dorothy Bush Koch and William LeBlond
- Nancy Ellis "Ellie" LeBlond (born 1986), daughter of Dorothy Bush Koch and William LeBlond; married to Nick Sosa
- Robert David Koch (born 1993), son of Dorothy Bush Koch and Bobby Koch
- Georgia Grace "Gigi" Koch (born 1996), daughter of Dorothy Bush Koch and Bobby Koch
- Nancy Walker Bush Ellis (born 1926), Prescott Bush Sr.'s third child and only daughter, widow of Alexander Ellis II (1922-1989), an insurance executive
- Jonathan James Bush (born 1931), Prescott Bush Sr.'s fourth child; banker; married to Josephine Bush (née Bradley)
- William Henry Trotter "Bucky" Bush (1938—2018), Prescott Bush Sr.'s fifth child; banker and executive
- John Bush Sr (1510-1590)
- John Bush Jr (1535-1595)
- Reynold Bush (1566-unknown)
- John Bush III (1593–1670), born in Messing, Essex, England and the last English ancestor
Other notable relatives
- Col. Robert Bolling Sr. (1646–1709) of Kippax Plantation was an Early American settler in the colony of Virginia whose son, Robert Bolling Jr., was a Bush family ancestor. Bolling Sr. later had children with Jane Rolfe, the granddaughter of Pocahontas.
- Edith Wilson (1872–1961), second wife of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was also descended from Col. Robert Bolling, Sr. so therefore was distantly related to the Bush family.
- Wild Bill Hickok (1837–1876) was a second cousin three times removed of Prescott Bush.
- John Howland (1592/3–1672/3) and Elizabeth Tilley (1607-1687), Mayflower passengers, through their daughter Hope.
- Gov. Thomas Hinckley (1618–1706) was a Plymouth Colony governor, and a seventh generation great-grandfather of Prescott Sheldon Bush 1895-1972, so therefore a direct ancestor of all of his descendants including his son George H. W. Bush and grandson George W. Bush.
- Mary Parker (1637–92) was executed by hanging in 1692 for witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials.
- Through John May and his wife Prudence Bridge (great-great-grandparents of Obadiah Newcomb Bush), the family is related to U.S. Attorney General Charles Bonaparte (1851–1921), U.S. Vice President Charles Gates Dawes (1865–1951), actress Blanche Oelrichs (who was also known by the pseudonym "Michael Strange") (1890–1950), and author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888).
- Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964), American five star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army who was the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in the Pacific theater during World War II was distantly related to the Bush family.
Connections to other prominent families
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.
- Timothy Bush Jr., m. Lydia Newcomb
Awards and honors
- Three-time Time Person of the Year
- George H. W. Bush (1990)
- George W. Bush (2000, 2004)
- Two-time Silver Buffalo Award winners
- George H. W. Bush (1990)
- George W. Bush (2002)
- Six statues
- George H.W. Bush - three (Houston, TX, Rapid City, SD, Washington, D.C)
- George W. Bush - three (Rapid City, SD, Hamilton, OH, Fushe Kruje, Albania)
- George H.W./George W. Bush (shared) - one (Dallas, TX)
- 1989: Jersey Street in College Station, TX renamed George Bush Drive in honor of George H.W. Bush
- 1997: George Bush International Airport named in honor of George H. W. Bush
- 2007: Ronald Reagan Freedom Award - George H. W. Bush
- 2010: Presidential Medal of Freedom - George H. W. Bush
- 2013: Portion of U.S. Highway 75 in Dallas, TX renamed George W. Bush Expressway
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 H. W. Bush (41st) - 1989–1993
- George W. Bush (43rd) - 2001–2009
- George H. W. Bush - 1981–1989
- 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)
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