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George Herbert "Bert" Walker Sr. (June 11, 1875 – June 24, 1953) was an American banker and businessman and the maternal grandfather of President George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
and a great-grandfather of President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
both of whom were named in his honor.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Business career 3 Golf and horseracing 4 Personal life 5 Death and legacy 6 References

Early life[edit] George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
was born on June 11, 1875 in St. Louis, Missouri. Walker was descended from a Maryland family of slave owners.[1] His great-grandfather Thomas Walker was a British slave trader. He was the youngest son of David Davis Walker, a dry goods merchant from Bloomington, Illinois, and Martha Adela Beaky. Ely, Walker & Company, which grew into a leading regional wholesaler, was later acquired by Burlington Industries.[2] Walker was educated at Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit
Jesuit
boarding school in England. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis
in 1897. Business career[edit] Walker started a banking and investment firm named G.H. Walker & Co. in 1900.[3] His family had developed many international banking contacts, and he helped organize the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Walker was known as the power behind the local Democratic Party. In 1920, Walker became the President of the W.A. Harriman & Co. investment firm, and quickly arranged the credits that W. Averell Harriman needed to take control of the Hamburg-Amerika Line. Walker also organized the American Ship and Commerce Corp. to be subsidiary of the W.A. Harriman & Co., with contractual power over the affairs of the Hamburg-Amerika. W.A. Harriman & Co. (renamed Harriman Brothers & Company in 1927) well-positioned for this enterprise and rich in assets from their German and Russian business, merged with the British-American investment house Brown Bros. & Co. on January 1, 1931. Walker retired to his own G.H. Walker & Co. This left the Harriman brothers, his son-in-law Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
and Thatcher M. Brown as senior partners of the new firm of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. The firm's London branch continued operating under its historic name Brown, Shipley & Co. Walker was a director of the W.A. Harriman & Company; Harriman Fifteen, American International Corporation; Georgian Manganese Corporation; Barnsdall Corporation; American Ship & Commerce Corporation; Union Banking Corporation; G.H. Walker & Company; Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad; Laclede Gas and the New Orleans, Texas and Mexico Railroad. Golf and horseracing[edit] In addition to his business concerns, Walker was also a golf enthusiast and a President of the United States
President of the United States
Golf Association (USGA). The USGA's Walker Cup (the famous biennial golf match) acquired Walker's namesake for his role in the event's creation.[3] He also coheaded the syndicate, (with W. Averell Harriman), which rebuilt the famed sports venue of Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
and the Belmont Race Track, 1925. Personal life[edit] Walker married Lucretia Wear (1874-1961), daughter of James H. Wear and they had six children: Dorothy Wear Walker and New York Mets cofounder George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
Jr., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center CEO Dr. John M. Walker Sr. (father of Judge John M. Walker Jr.), James Wear Walker, Nancy Walker, and Louis Walker (S&B 1936). His brother-in-law Joseph Walker Wear was one of the founders of the Davis Cup. His son-in-law, Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
was a member of the executive committee of the USGA, serving successively as Secretary, Vice President and President, 1928-1935. Walker not only maintained the Walker's Point estate in Kennebunkport, but also a mansion on Long Island, and a stunning residence at One Sutton Place in Manhattan.[4] In the 1930s Walker purchased the 10,000-acre (40 km²) Duncannon Plantation near Barnwell, South Carolina
Barnwell, South Carolina
as a private hunting retreat. In the 1940s Walker moved out of the circa 1835 plantation house, and the property became a hunting club. Much of the land was later purchased by the U.S. Government for development of the Savannah River Site.[5] Death and legacy[edit] Walker died in 1953 in New York City, New York, aged 78. He was survived by his wife, daughter Dorothy Walker Bush, several grandchildren including George H.W. Bush, Ambassador to Hungary and Stifel Nicolas CEO George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
III, William H. T. (Bucky) Bush, Nancy Ellis Bush, Ray Walker, Betty Walker Holden, and many great-grandchildren including George W. Bush, and Jeb Bush. References[edit]

^ February 1, 2008 New York Times
New York Times
books excerpt from The Bush Tragedy by Jacob Weisberg ^ Needs citation ^ a b "George H. Walker, Donor of Golf Cup". New York Times. June 25, 1953. Retrieved 2009-05-26.  ^ http://www.michaelkranish.com/Michael_Kranish/Bush_Family_History.html ^ http://south-carolina-plantations.com/barnwell/duncannon.html

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Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
ancestors

Samuel Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
(1863–1948) James Smith Bush (1825–1889) Obadiah Newcomb Bush (1797–1851)

Samuel P. Bush
Samuel P. Bush
& Flora Sheldon

Prescott Sheldon Bush

Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
(1895–1972) & Dorothy Wear Walker (1900-1990)

Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
Jr. (1922–2010) George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
Bush (m.) Barbara Pierce Nancy Walker Bush Ellis Jonathan James Bush William Henry Trotter Bush

George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
(1924–) Nancy Walker Bush Ellis (1926–) Jonathan Bush (1931–)

George Walker Bush (m.) Laura Lane Welch Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush
(m.) Columba Bush Neil Mallon Bush Marvin Pierce Bush Dorothy Walker Bush (m.) Robert P. Koch

John Prescott Ellis Alexander Ellis III Josiah Wear Ellis

Billy Bush Jonathan S. Bush

George W. Bush
George W. Bush
(1946–) Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush
(1953–) Neil Bush
Neil Bush
(1955–)

Barbara Pierce Bush Jenna Welch Bush

George Prescott Bush

Lauren Bush
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(m.) David Lauren

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George Herbert Walker
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1875–1953

Dorothy Walker

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush Jeb Bush

George P. Bush

Neil Bush

Lauren Bush

Jonathan Bush

Billy Bush Jonathan S. Bush

Nancy Walker Bush Ellis William H. T. Bush

George Herbert Walker Jr. 1905–1977

George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
III

George Herbert Walker
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IV

John M. Walker 1909–1990

John M. Walker Jr.

Nathan Bangs
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1778–1862

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