Bush family

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Bush family

The Bush family in the Red Room of the White House (January 2005). Seated 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, Brian Berzins 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.
Current region Texas
Place of origin New York, United States
Members Samuel Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
George H. W. Bush
George W. Bush
Jeb Bush
George P. Bush
Connected families Flora Sheldon
Dorothy Wear Walker
Barbara Pierce
Laura Lane Welch
Henry Chase Hager
Columba Garnica Gallo
Estate Bush compound, Prairie Chapel Ranch

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 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 is also one of the oldest American families of European origin, 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 and 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 (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.


Vice President

U.S. Congress



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. 1 2 3 4 5 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. 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.
  5. Robinson, Enders A. "Salem Witchcraft and Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables." pp. 251–5. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books. 1992.
  6. http://famouskin.com/famous-kin-chart.php?name=3103+george+w+bush&kin=17573+douglas+macarthur
  7. Herskowitz, Mickey (2003), "Bush Family Tree", Duty, Honor, Country: The Life and Legacy of Prescott Bush, Thomas Nelson, p. 9, ISBN 9781401600099
  8. Harrison, Bruce (2005), The Family Forest Descendants of Lady Joan Beaufort, Kamuela, Hawaii: Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc.
  9. Kelley, Kitty (2004), "Bush/Walker/Pierce/Robinson/Family Tree", The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty (PDF), Random House, ISBN 9781407095691
  10. Philadelphia, Desa (August 7, 2000), Republican Convention: The Family Tree, Time
  11. 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
  12. Roberts, Gary Boyd; Otto, Julie Helen (1995), Ancestors of American presidents, New England Historic Genealogical Society/C. Boyer, 3rd, ISBN 9780936124193
  13. Rechcigl, Mila, Czech Roots of President Bush, Washington, D.C.: Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, retrieved June 11, 2012
  14. Weisberg, Jacob (2008), "The Bush Family Tree", The Bush Tragedy, Random House, ISBN 9780812978353

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