The Bush family in the Red Room
of the White House (January 2005) seated from 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, Charles Walker Bush, Jenna Bush Hager
, Doro Bush
, Barbara Pierce Bush
, Robert P. Koch
, Pierce Bush, Maria Bush, Neil Bush
, Ashley Bush, Sam LeBlond, Robert Koch, Nancy Ellis LeBlond, John "Jebby" Bush, Amanda Bush, George P. Bush
and Columba Bush
|Place of origin||New York|
Midwestern United States
|Estate(s)||Walker's Point Estate (Kennebunkport, Maine)|
Prairie Chapel Ranch (McLennan County, Texas)
The Bush family is an American dynastic family that is prominent in the fields of American politics, news, 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 U.S. 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, in her son's final year of the presidency. Her brothers are George Herbert Walker Jr. and John M. Walker
- Prescott Sheldon "Pressy" Bush Jr. (1922–2010), Prescott Bush's eldest son, who served as chairman of the United States-China Chamber of Commerce; married to Elizabeth "Beth" Kauffman (1922–2014) on December 30, 1944
- Prescott Sheldon Bush III (1945–2009), son of Prescott Bush Jr.; married to Francesca Emerson Farr on June 28, 1970
- Kelsey Bush-Nadeau, daughter of Prescott Bush Jr.; married to Philip Gerald Nadeau on May 25, 1974
- Elizabeth Nadeau, daughter of Kelsey Bush-Nadeau
- Katherine Nadeau, daughter of Kelsey Bush-Nadeau
- William F. Nadeau, son of Kelsey Bush-Nadeau, USMC Captain
- Prescott Nadeau, son of Kelsey Bush-Nadeau
- James Laurence "Jamie" Bush, son of Prescott Bush Jr.; married to Susan C. "Sue" Bush
- Sarah Bush Richey, daughter of James L. Bush; married to William "Drake" Richey
- Draper Dennis Richey
- George Laurence Richey
- Samuel P. Bush, son of James L. Bush
- George Herbert Walker Bush (1924–2018), Prescott Bush Sr.'s second son; 41st president of the United States, 43rd vice president under Ronald Reagan, a Representative from Texas, and Central Intelligence Agency director, among other political and diplomatic posts
- Barbara Pierce Bush (1925–2018), wife of George H. W.; daughter of publisher Marvin Pierce, distant cousin of 14th U.S. President Franklin Pierce, Second Lady and later First Lady of the U.S.
- George Walker Bush (born 1946), George H. W. Bush's eldest son, 43rd president of the United States and (earlier) 46th Governor of Texas
- Laura Lane Welch Bush (born 1946), wife of George W. and First Lady; earlier a librarian
- Barbara Pierce Bush Coyne (born 1981), daughter of George and Laura Bush and twin sister of Jenna, health care activist and chair of Global Health Corps.; married to Craig Louis Coyne
- Jenna Welch Bush Hager (born 1981), daughter of George and Laura and twin sister of Barbara, NBC News correspondent; married to Henry Chase Hager, son of former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia John H. Hager
- Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager (born April 13, 2013), daughter of Jenna Bush Hager
- Poppy Louise Hager (born August 13, 2015), daughter of Jenna Bush Hager
- Henry Harold "Hal" Hager (born August 2, 2019), son of Jenna Bush Hager
- 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, 43rd Governor of Florida; married to Columba Garnica Gallo
- George Prescott Bush (born 1976), son of Jeb Bush, 28th commissioner of the Texas General Land Office since 2015; married to Amanda Williams Bush
- 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; businessman; married Sharon Smith, & divorced in April 2003; married to Maria Andrews as of 2004
- Lauren Pierce Bush (born 1984), daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Smith; model for Tommy Hilfiger; married to David Lauren
- James Richard Lauren (born November 21, 2015), son of Lauren Bush Lauren
- Max Walker Lauren (born April 19, 2018), son of Lauren Bush Lauren
- Robert Rocky Lauren (born April 10, 2021), son of Lauren Bush Lauren
- Pierce Mallon Bush (born 1986), son of Neil Bush and Sharon Smith; married to Sarah Beth Melton
- Adeline Grace Elizabeth Bush (born April 21, 2021), son of Pierce Bush
- Ashley Walker Bush (born 1989), daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Smith
- Marvin Pierce Bush (born 1956), fourth son of George H. W. Bush; venture capitalist; married to Margaret Conway (née Molster); adopted two children
- Marshall Lloyd Bush (born May 14, 1986), adopted daughter of Marvin Pierce Bush; Married to Nick Rossi
- Charles Walker Bush (born December 12, 1989), adopted son of Marvin Pierce Bush
- Dorothy Walker Bush Koch (born 1959), second daughter of George H. 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; married to Lee Bobbitt
- Nancy Ellis "Ellie" LeBlond (born 1986), daughter of Dorothy Bush Koch and William LeBlond; married to Nick Sosa
- Dorothy Ann "Dotty" Sosa (born August 25, 2020)
- 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 (1926–2021), Prescott Bush Sr.'s third child and only daughter, widow of Alexander Ellis II (1922-1989), an insurance executive
- Nancy Walker Ellis Black, daughter of Nancy Bush Ellis and Alexander Ellis II
- Alexander Ellis III (born 1949), son of Nancy Bush Ellis and Alexander Ellis II
- John Prescott Ellis (born February 3, 1953), son of Nancy Bush Ellis and Alexander Ellis II; media consultant; married to Susan Smith Ellis
- Caroline Ellis
- Jack Ellis
- Josiah "Joe" Ellis (born 1958), son of Nancy Bush Ellis and Alexander Ellis II; President, Chairman and CEO of the Denver Broncos, two-time Super Bowl champion as a member of the Broncos' front office
- Jonathan James Bush (1931–2021), Prescott Bush Sr.'s fourth child; banker; married to Josephine Bush (née Bradley)
- Jonathan S. Bush Jr. (born March 10, 1969), son of Jonathan Bush, CEO of athenahealth; divorced from Sarah Selden; married to Fay Bush in September 2018
- Lucas Bush, son of Jonathan S. Bush Jr.
- Izzy Bush (born September 20, 1997), daughter of Jonathan S. Bush Jr.
- Nicola Bush, daughter of Jonathan S. Bush Jr.
- Anna Bush, daughter of Jonathan S. Bush Jr.
- Oscar Bush, son of Jonathan S. Bush Jr.
- Willa R. Bush (born January 2019), daughter of Jonathan S. Bush Jr. and Fay Bush
- William Hall "Billy" Bush (born October 17, 1971), son of Jonathan Bush; a former Access Hollywood host; forced out of NBC-news job October 2016 in allegations about Donald Trump; divorced from Sydney Bush
- Josie Bush (born August 29, 1998), daughter of Billy Bush and Sydney Bush
- Mary Bradley Bush (born November 29, 2000), daughter of Billy Bush and Sydney Bush
- Lillie Bush (born October 17, 2004), daughter of Billy Bush and Sydney Bush
- William Henry Trotter "Bucky" Bush (1938–2018), Prescott Bush Sr.'s fifth child; married to Patricia Bush (née Redfearn, 1938-2015); banker and executive
- William Prescott "Scott" Bush (born 1964), son of Bucky Bush; married to Linsday Bush
- Alex Bush (born December 29, 1996), son of Scott Bush
- Kat Bush, daughter of Scott Bush
- Louisa Bush McCall (born 1970), daughter of Bucky Bush 
- 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 
- Samuel Bush (1647–1733) 
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 (1592/1593–1672/1673) 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, so therefore a direct ancestor of all of his descendants including his son George H. W. Bush and grandson George W. Bush.
- Mary Parker (1637–1692) 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.
- Asahel Bush (1824-1913) was an early Oregon pioneer. He started the first Oregon printing shop, and founded and published the Oregon Statesman. He later sold the newspaper and founded the Ladd & Bush Bank. He also was a convention delegate and chairman for the Democratic Party (United States). Asahel Bush II is the namesake for Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, Oregon. Asahel Bush was descended from Samuel Bush (1647–1733).
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 maternal 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
- Obadiah Newcomb Bush (1797–1851), m. Harriet Smith
- James Smith Bush, m. Harriet Fay
- Samuel Prescott Bush, m. Flora Sheldon
- Prescott Sheldon Bush, m. Dorothy Wear Walker
- Prescott Sheldon Bush Jr., m. Elizabeth Kauffman
- Prescott Sheldon Bush III, m. Francesca Emerson Farr
- Kelsey Bush-Nadeau, m. Philip Gerald Nadeau
- Elizabeth Nadeau
- Katherine Nadeau
- William F. Nadeau, m. Lydia Jean Strickland
- James Laurence "Jamie" Bush, m. Susan C. "Sue" Bush
- Sarah Bush Richey, m. William "Drake" Richey
- Draper Dennis Richey
- George Laurence Richey
- Samuel P. Bush
- George H. W. Bush, m. Barbara Pierce
- George W. Bush, m. Laura Lane Welch
- Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush
- John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, m. Columba Garnica Gallo
- George Prescott Bush (b. April 24, 1976), m. Amanda Williams
- John Ellis "Jebby" Bush Jr. (b. 1983)
- Georgia H.W. Bush
- Vivian Alexandra Columba Bush
- Noelle Lucila Bush (b. 1977)
- Neil Mallon Bush, (m./div. 1st) Sharon Smith ; (m. 2nd) Maria Andrews
- Lauren Bush (b. June 25, 1984), m. David Lauren
- James Richard Lauren
- Max Walker Lauren
- Pierce Mallon Bush (b. March 11, 1986), m. Sarahbeth Melton
- Ashley Walker Bush (b. February 7, 1989)
- Marvin Pierce Bush, m. Margaret Molster
- Marshall Lloyd Bush (b. May 14, 1986)
- Charles Walker Bush (b. December 12, 1989)
- Dorothy Walker Bush, (m./div. 1st) William LeBlond ; (m. 2nd) Robert P. Koch
- Samuel "Sam" LeBlond (b. 1985)
- Nancy Ellis "Ellie" LeBlond (b. 1988) , m. Nick Sosa
- Robert David Koch (b. 1993)
- Georgia "Gigi" Koch (b. 1996)
- Nancy Walker Bush, m. Alexander B. Ellis II
- Jonathan James Bush, m. Josephine Bradley
- Billy Bush, m. Sydney Davis
- Josie Bush
- Mary Bradley Bush
- Lillie Bush
- Jonathan S. Bush
- Nicola Bush
- Isabelle Bush
- Lucas Bush
- Anna Bush
- Oscar Bush
- Willa Bush
- William Henry Trotter Bush
- William Prescott Bush
- Louisa Bush
- Robert Sheldon Bush
- Mary Eleanor Bush
- Margaret Livingston Bush
- James Smith Bush
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)
- Seven 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 from Connecticut) – 1952–1963
- George H. W. Bush (Representative from 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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