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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
.

CONTENTS

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

EARLY LIFE

George Herbert Walker was born on June 11, 1875 in St. Louis , Missouri
Missouri
. Walker was descended from a Maryland family of slave owners. 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
Illinois
, and Martha Adela Beaky. Ely, Walker & Company, which grew into a leading regional wholesaler, was later acquired by Burlington Industries .

Walker was educated at Stonyhurst College
Stonyhurst College
, a Jesuit
Jesuit
boarding school in England. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1897.

BUSINESS CAREER

Walker started a banking and investment firm named G.H. Walker & Co. in 1900. 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.
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 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 Harriman Fifteen, American International Corporation ; Georgian Manganese Corporation; Barnsdall Corporation; American Ship Union Banking Corporation ; G.H. Walker Missouri
Missouri
Pacific Railroad ; Laclede Gas and the New Orleans, Texas and Mexico Railroad.

GOLF AND HORSERACING

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
Walker Cup
(the famous biennial golf match) acquired Walker's namesake for his role in the event's creation.

He also coheaded the syndicate, (with W. Averell Harriman
W. Averell Harriman
), which rebuilt the famed sports venue of Madison Square Garden and the Belmont Race Track , 1925.

PERSONAL LIFE

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 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">

* ^ 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
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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Bush family
Bush family

* Bush–Davis–Walker family political line * Bush family
Bush family
* Bush (surname)

PRESCOTT BUSH ANCESTORS

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

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* Prescott Sheldon Bush

PRESCOTT BUSH (1895–1972)

* Prescott Bush Jr. (1922–2010) * 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