Prescott Bush

Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895 - 1972)

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Senator Prescott Sheldon Bush
Born in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Kennebunkport, York, Maine, United Statesmap
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Father of , , [private daughter (1920s - unknown)], [private son (1930s - unknown)] and
Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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Preceded by
William A. Purtell
Prescott Bush
US Senator (Class 3)
from Connecticut
Seal of of the US Senate
1952—1963
Succeeded by
Abraham A. Ribicoff

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Summary

Prescott Sheldon Bush, U.S. Senator from Conn., b. Columbus, Ohio 15 May 1895, d. New York City 8 Oct. 1972, m. Kennebunkport, Me. 6 Aug 1921 [1]

Biography

Prescott was born to Simon P. and Flora Bush

1900 June 2nd the family lived in Milwaukee city Ward 16, Precinct 4, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Prescott was just Age: 5
Birth Date May 1895
Birthplace Ohio
Father's Birthplace New Jersey---Mother's Birthplace Ohio
Simon P Bush Head M 36 New Jersey
Flora S Bush Wife F 28 Ohio
Prescott S Bush Son M 5 Ohio
Mary E Bush Daughter F 3 Ohio
Margaret Bush Daughter F 1 Ohio
Bertha J Goethe Servant F 36 New York
Bertha Schwartz Servant F 20 Germany
Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMKL-M3H : accessed 4 January 2018), Prescott S Bush in household of Simon P Bush, Milwaukee city Ward 16, Precinct 4, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 146, sheet 3B, family 57, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,805.

Prescott Sheldon Bush, (father of George Herbert Walker Bush, grandfather of President George W. Bush), a Senator from Connecticut; born in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, May 15, 1895; attended the Douglas School of Columbus, Ohio, and St. George’s School, Newport, R.I., 1908-1913; graduated from Yale University in 1917; enlisted in Connecticut National Guard in 1916 and served as captain of Field Artillery in American Expeditionary Forces 1917-1919; engaged in hardware business as a warehouse clerk in St. Louis, Mo.; moved to Greenwich, Conn., in 1924; engaged in banking business in New York City 1926; moderator, Greenwich Representative Town Meeting 1935-1952; trustee, Yale University; unsuccessful Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1950; elected on November 4, 1952, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James O’Brien McMahon; reelected in 1956 and served from November 4, 1952, to January 2, 1963; was not a candidate for reelection in 1962; resumed his career in the banking and investment field; died in New York City, October 8, 1972; interment in Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Conn.[2]

1930 Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut
Age 34---Marital Status Married
Birth Year (Estimated) 1896
Birthplace Ohio
Father's Birthplace Massachusetts---Mother's Birthplace Ohio
Sheet Letter A---Sheet Number 4
Prescott S Bush Head M 34 Ohio Banker
Dorothy Bush Wife F 28 Maine
Prescott S Bush Jr. Son M 7 Maine
Walker Bush Son M 5 Massachusetts (aka: George Herbert)
Nancy Bush Daughter F 4 New York
Alice Greer Servant F 40 Massachusetts
Anna Mccaughey Servant F 20 Northern Ireland
Agnes Mc Beth Servant F 29 Scotland
Citing this Record

Name

Name: Prescott Sheldon Bush
Given Name: Prescott Sheldon
Surname: Bush[3][4] [5] [6]

Birth

Birth:  :: Date: 15 MAY 1895
Place: Columbus, Ohio[3][7][8]
Parents:
Husband: Samuel Prescott Bush
Wife: Flora Sheldon
Child: Prescott Sheldon Bush
Marriage:
Date: 20 JUN 1894
Place: Columbus, Fairfield, Ohio, USA[9]

Marriage

Husband: Prescott Sheldon Bush
Wife: Dorothy Walker
Child: Prescott Sheldon Bush
Child: George Herbert Walker Bush
Child: Nancy Bush
Child: Jonathan James Bush
Child: William Trotter Bush
Marriage:  :: Date: 06 AUG 1921
Place: Kennebunkport, York Co., ME[3][9] [7]

Occupations

Occupation: Warehouse Clerk
Place: St Louis, St Louis, Missouri, USA[8]
Occupation: Banking
Date: 1926
Place: New York, New York, New York, USA[8]
Occupation: Yale University Trustee
Place: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA[8]
Occupation: US Senator - Connecticut
Date: BET 1952 AND 1963
Place: Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA [7][8]
Occupation: US Senator for MA
Occupation: Business Executive [7]

Graduation

Graduation: Yale University - MA
Date: 1917
Place: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA [7][8]

Military Service

Military Service: Connecticut National Guard 1917-1919[8]

Title

Title: Senator[8]

Religion

Religion: Episcopalian [7]

Residence

Residence:  :: Date: 1924
Place: Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA [7]
Source: #S107

Death

Death:  :: Date: 08 OCT 1972
Place: New York, New York, New York, USA[3][9] [7]
Source: #S107[3]
Cause: Lung Cancer

Burial

Burial:  :: Place: Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA[8]

University of Connecticut Biographies

Prescott S. Bush was born on 15 Mary 1895 to Samuel Prescott Bush and Flora Sheldon Bush and was raised in Columbus, Ohio. He received a B.A.from Yale University in 1917 and completed his Army career in 1919. Bush joined the firm of Brown Brothers and Company became a partner in 1930.In 1921 he married Dorothy Walker. The couple had five children, one of whom, George Herbert Walker Bush, would become the forty-first President of the United States.
A resident of Greenwich, CT, Bush was elected as a member of its representative town meeting. In 1933 he was elected as moderator, a post to which he was re-elected until his election to the United States Senate in 1952. In 1947, he served as Chairman of the Connecticut Republican State Finance Committee and as Delegate-at-Large to the 1948 Republican National Convention.
Two years after experiencing a close loss in Connecticut's 1950 senatorial election, Bush defeated Abraham Ribicoff in a run to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Senator Brien McMahon. He was re-elected to the Senate in 1956. During his senatorial career, Bush served as amember of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, the Senate Committee on Public Works, the Committee on Armed Services, a congressional Joint Economic Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging.
Bush received national recognition as an advocate of fiscal responsibility in government, and sponsored a price stability amendment to the Employment Act of 1946. He also proposed to give the President the power to veto individual items in appropriations bills, and in bills authorizing federal departments and agencies to borrow from the Treasury.He took special interest in the national urban renewal program, and,following enactment of the Housing Act of 1954, convened a Connecticut Conference on Urban Renewal in Hartford. His work on this issue resulted in twenty-six Connecticut communities receiving over $150 million in federal grants, which gave Connecticut the highest per capita renewal program in the United States.
Another of Senator Bush's major legislative interests was flood and hurricane protection for New England communities. He drafted Public Law 71, the Bush Hurricane Survey Act, enabling Army engineers to develop a new program of community protection against hurricane tidal flooding.Along with Congressman John W. McCormack, the Democratic House Majority Leader, Bush cooperated to enact Public Law 685, the Bush-McCormack Act, which expedited the construction of local flood protection works. In addition, Bush played a leading role in the drafting of the Federal Highway Aid Act of 1956, which authorized the construction of the national system of interstate and defense highways.
While Senator, Bush remained active in the Republican party. In 1956, he served as Chairman for the Resolutions Committee of the Republican National Convention. Four years later, he chaired a subcommittee which drafted the widely acclaimed platform planks on economic growth, businessand labor.
During his career, Prescott Bush served as director of several nationally known corporations, including the Columbia Broadcasting System, the Wanadium Corporation of America, and Prudential Insurance. For eight years, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association, serving successively as Secretary, Vice President andPresident from 1928-1935.
Bush announced his intention not to run for re-election in 1961. He died in 1972.
PRESCOTT BUSH U.S. Senator
Prescott Bush was the father of president George Bush and grandfather of president George W. Bush. Like his son and grandson Prescott Bush attended Yale and belonged to the student secret society known as Skull and Bones. Prescott Bush served as a captain of artillery (the same rank held by Harry S. Truman) during World War I. After the war he became a businessman, eventually settling in Connecticut and working in New York's banking industry. He was elected U.S. senator as a Republican from Connecticut in 1952, following the mid-term death of senator Brien McMahon. Bush was reelected in 1956 and retired after that term ended in 1963.
Extra credit: Prescott Bush married the former Dorothy Walker in August 1921. They had five children: Prescott, George, Nancy, Jonathan and William (known as "Buck")... Bush shares a name with his great-grandson George Prescott Bush (the son of Florida governor Jeb Bush)... Along-running rumor alleges that Prescott Bush, along with two fellow Yale... a story of the removal of a skull from an Indian grave, later said to be Geronimo's skull, and the source of considerable news coverage over the years. Later, a skull was produced and offered for return, but the skull was that of a ten year old child.. this skull was said by some, to have been substituted for the original... and unresolved matter. Consider also the following...
"International Honors, perhaps unprecedented in the life of an American soldier, have been conferred upon Captain Prescott Sheldon Bush, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Bush of Columbus. Upon young Bush ... were conferred:Cross of the Legion of Honor, ... Victoria Cross, ... Distinguished Service Cross....
Conferring of the three decorations upon one man at one time implies recognition of a deed of rare valor and probably of great military importance as well....". Then, soon after,...
Editor State Journal:
A cable received from my son, Prescott S. Bush, brings word that he has not been decorated, as published in the papers a month ago. He feels dreadfully troubled that a letter, written in a spirit of fun, should have been misinterpreted. He says he is no hero and asks me to make explanations. I will appreciate your kindness in publishing this letter....
Flora Sheldon Bush.
Columbus, Sept. 5.@s7
Prescott Bush later claimed that he spent "about 10 or 11 weeks" in the area of combat in France. "We were under fire there.... It was quite exciting, and of course a wonderful experience." @s8
Prescott Bush was discharged in mid-1919, and returned for a short time to Columbus, Ohio. But his humiliation in his home town was so intensethat he could no longer live there. The "war hero" story was henceforthnot spoken of in his presence. Decades later, when he was an important,rich U.S. Senator, the story was whispered and puzzled over among the Congressmen."...this record has also been the subject of much discussion.Surely an interesting man, was Prescott Bush. Here is another controversial line of recent press coverage...

Prescott Bush and the Nazis

[10]

PRESCOTT BUSH PAVED MODERATE PATH FOR SON AND GRANDSON;
WOUNDED BY FRIEND'S BETRAYAL, HE PUT HIGH PRICE ON LOYALTY)
AN AMERICAN DYNASTY
Last of two parts
"Prescott Bush was surely aghast at a sensational article the New York
Herald Tribune splashed on its front page in July 1942.
'Hitler's Angel Has 3 Million in US Bank,' read the headline above astory reporting that Adolf Hitler's financier had stowed the fortune in Union Banking Corp., possibly to be held for "Nazi bigwigs."
Bush knew all about the New York bank: He was one of its seven directors.If the Nazi tie became known, it would be a potential embarrassment, Bush and his partners at Brown Brothers Harriman worried, explaining to government regulators that their position was merely an unpaid courtesy for a client.
War seizures controversy ...
Harriman Bank was the main Wall Street connection for German companies and the varied U.S. financial interests of Fritz Thyssen, who had been a nearly financial backer of the Nazi party until 1938, but who by 1939 had fled Germany and was bitterly denouncing Hitler. Dealing with Nazi Germany wasn't illegal until Hitler declared war on the US, but, six days after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed the Trading With the Enemy Act. On October 20, 1942, the U.S. government ordered the seizure of Nazi German banking operations in New York City.
Prescott Bush's business interests seized under the act in October and November 1942 included:
Union Banking Corporation (UBC) (for Thyssen and Brown Brothers-Harriman)
Holland-American Trading Corporation (with Harriman)
the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation (with Harriman)
Silesian-American Corporation (with Walker)
Son of Samuel Prescott and Flora (Sheldon) B.; M.A., Yale, 1917; married Dorothy Walker, Aug. 1921; children-Prescott Sheldon, George Herbert Walker, Nancy (Mrs. Alexander Ellis, Jr.), Jonathan James, William Henry Trotter. Partner Brown Bors., Harriman & Co., 1930-72; formerly dir. C.B.S., Prudential Ins. Co. Am.; resigned all corporate directorships. Nat. campaign chmn. U.S.O., 1942; chmn. National War Fund Campaign, 1943-44; chairman Conn. Rep. Finance Com., 1948, del-at-large Rep. Nat. Conv. Served as capt. F.A., AEF, 1917-19. U.S. senator Conn., 1952-63. Trustee Westminster Choir Coll. Mem. U.S. Golf Assn. (pres. 1935). Republican. Episcopalian. Home: Greenwich CT
Death  :Died 1972.  :Marquis Who's Who
BUSH, Prescott Sheldon, (father of George Herbert Walker Bush, grandfather of President George W. Bush), a Senator from Connecticut; born in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, May 15, 1895; attended the Douglas School of Columbus, Ohio, and St. George’s School, Newport, R.I., 1908-1913; graduated from Yale University in 1917; enlisted in Connecticut National Guard in 1916 and served as captain of Field Artillery in American Expeditionary Forces 1917-1919; engaged in hardware business as a warehouse clerk in St. Louis, Mo.; moved to Greenwich, Conn., in 1924; engaged in banking business in New York City 1926; moderator, Greenwich Representative Town Meeting 1935-1952; trustee, Yale University; unsuccessful Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1950; elected on November 4, 1952, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James O’Brien McMahon; reelected in 1956 and served from November 4, 1952, to January 2, 1963; was not a candidate for reelection in 1962; resumed his career in the banking and investment field; died in New York City, October 8, 1972; interment in Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Conn.[11]

US Senator. The son of Samuel Prescott Bush, he was elected as a Senator from Connecticut to the United States Senate, serving from 1952 to 1963. He was the father of 41st United States President George H.W. Bush and Grandfather of 43rd United States President George W. Bush. He was born in 1895 and passed away in 1962.

Sources

  1. Boyd - Vol1p117
  2. American National Biography; Herskowitz, Mickey. Duty, Honor, Country: The Story and Legacy of Prescott Bush. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003. Biographical Directory of United States Congress.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Symons Genealogy
  4. Gary Boyd Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents. New England Historic Genealogical Society; Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; Date: 2009.p 449
  5. 1900 Wisconsin Census Record
  6. 1930 Connecticut Census Record
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Marquis Who's Who on The Web: Prescott Bush
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Biographical Directory of United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/ Prescott Bush]
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2
  10. "Prescott Bush and the Nazis". Michael Kranish, Globe Staff Date: 04/23/2001 Page: A1Section: National/Foreign(Excerpt from PRESCOTT BUSH & NAZIS, BOSTON GLOBE 4/23/2001, TRIUMPHS,TROUBLES SHAPE GENERATIONS
  11. American National Biography; Herskowitz, Mickey. Duty, Honor, Country: The Story and Legacy of Prescott Bush. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003. Biographical Directory of United States Congress.


  1. 1900 Wisconsin Census Record
  2. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMP3-KDY : accessed 4 January 2018), Prescott S Bush, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 134, sheet 4A, line 21, family 29, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 257; FHL microfilm 2,339,992.
  3. Marquis Who's Who on The Web: http://search.marquiswhoswho.com/
  4. Biographical Directory of United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/;
  5. Gary Boyd Roberts. Notable Kin, Volume One. Carl Boyer, 3rd; Location: Santa Clarita, California; Date: 1998; Published in cooperation with the New England Historic genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Fitzpatrick Home Library
  7. Gary Boyd Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents. New England Historic Genealogical Society; Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; Date: 2009
  8. Ancestry Family Trees. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.
  9. Symons Genealogy

Footnotes

Acknowledgments

  • WikiTree profile Bush-713 created through the import of woody.GED on Oct 17, 2011 by Wendi Kirk.
  • Thank you to Robert Keniston for creating WikiTree profile Bush-1472 through the import of G Bush - Anc 2013-08-23.ged on Aug 24, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Robert and others.
  • This person was created on 13 September 2010 through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged.
  • Lois Hirsch, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Lois and others.
  • Source S1Imported GEDCOM file, imported on 18 Sep 2009. Allan Morton
  • Arik Russell, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Arik and others.

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On 1 May 2012 Lois Hirsch wrote:

Birth: May 15, 1895

Columbus Franklin County Ohio, USA Death: Oct. 8, 1972

US Senator. The son of Samuel Prescott Bush, he was elected as a Senator from Connecticut to the United States Senate, serving from 1952 to 1963. He was the father of 41st United States President George H. W. Bush and Grandfather of 43rd United States President George W. Bush.

Family links: Parents: Samuel Prescott Bush (1863 - 1948) Flora Sheldon Bush (1872 - 1920)

Spouse: Dorothy Walker Bush (1901 - 1992)*

Children: Prescott Sheldon Bush (1922 - 2010)*

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On 20 Sep 2013 at 18:48 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

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