Barbara (Pierce) Bush

Barbara (Pierce) Bush (1925 - 2018)

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Barbara Bush formerly Pierce
Born in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of , and [private brother (1930s - unknown)]
Wife of — married in First Presbyterian Church, Rye, New Yorkmap
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (1940s - unknown)], , [private son (1950s - unknown)], [private son (1950s - unknown)], [private son (1950s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1950s - unknown)]
Died in Houston, Harris, Texas, United Statesmap
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First Lady Barbara Bush was the beloved wife of 41st US President George Herbert Walker Bush and mother of 43rd US President George Bush, only the second in US History to hold both titles.[1][2]
Barbara (Pierce) Bush is Notable.


Barbara Pierce was born June 8, 1925 in New York City, New York to Marvin and Pauline (Robinson) Pierce.[1][2][3] Marvin was a publishing executive and later president of McCall Publishing Company.[1][2] They raised Barbara and her siblings for many years in Rye, Westchester, New York.[1]

Barbara met George HW Bush at age 16 at a party in Greenwich, Connecticut.[1][2] They were engaged a year and half later.[1] Barbara left Smith College, as George was preparing to ship out during World War II, and they were married while he was on leave from the Navy, January 6, 1945 in Rye, New York.[1][2] Their marriage lasted over 73 years, the longest presidential marriage in US History.[1][2]

The couple had six children: President George Walker Bush; Pauline Robin Bush (who died as a child of leukemia in 1953): Dorothy Walker (Koch): Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush; Neil Mallon Bush; and Marvin Pierce Bush.[1][2]

Barbara was known for her straightforward manner.[1] She was honest, but gracious.[1] She was a solid supporter of her husband both at home and in the political world, even when they didn't agree politically.[1][2] She was the persona of the traditions of the state she loved, Texas, showing grace and politeness to everyone, along with a snappy humor.[1]

Death and Legacy

Barbara died at home April 2018, with her husband by her side.[1] She died from complications from congestive heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.[1] She planned to be buried by her daughter, Robin, in the family plot near her husband's presidential library at College Station, Texas.[1]

Barbara was an advocate for literacy, working to encourage youth to love reading as much as she did, having been inspired by her son Neil's dyslexia.[1][2] She loved teaching them to read and giving families tools to continue that legacy.[1] She pushed for the National Literacy Act, which was signed into law in 1991, as well as the National Literacy Foundation, which she continued to work with even after her husband left the presidential office.[1] She also sent profits from her books to her namesake Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.[1] She felt it was important to do something for somebody, to help someone, every day.[1][2]

Prominent Ancestors

Barbara Bush the fourth cousin, four times removed, and the second cousin, five times removed, of President Franklin Pierce. Click here to see relationship.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Diaz, Kevin, Emily Foxhall, and Cragg Hines, "Barbara Bush, wife and mother of presidents, dies at 92", the Houston Chronicle, online,, accessed 19 April 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Stein, Robin, Ben Laffin, and Peter Baker, "Barbara Bush, Wife of 41st President and Mother of 43rd, Dies at 92", the New York Times, online,, accessed 19 April 2018.
  3. New York, New York, Birth Index, 1910-1965 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2017.
  • Wikipedia contributors, "Barbara Bush," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Wikipedia:Barbara_Bush (accessed April 19, 2018).
  • "The Sweeping Legacy of First Lady Barbara Bush", on
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 April 2018), Barbara Pierce in household of Marvin Pierce, Rye, Rye Town, Westchester, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-329, sheet 63A, line 27, family 191, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2813.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 April 2018), Barbara Pierce in household of Marvin Pierce, Rye, Westchester, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 334, sheet 15B, line 63, family 391, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1664; FHL microfilm 2,341,398.
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 19 April 2018), memorial page for Barbara Pierce Bush (8 Jun 1925–17 Apr 2018), Find A Grave: Memorial #7748443, citing George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, Brazos County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  • Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Source number: 382.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: FAI
  • Rechcigl, Miloslav, Jr., "Tthe Moravian Brethren Heritage of th First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush," in: Contributions of the Moravian Brethren to America. Selected Papers from the Conference of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, at the Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, June 8-10, 2007. New York, NY: Publishing House of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, 2008, pp.119-130.

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    Georgia Palmer and Barbara Bush - 1991

    Barbara and George H. W. Bush Wave Goodbye
    Barbara and George H. W. Bush Wave Goodbye


    On 28 Nov 2018 at 22:02 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

    Pierce-10930 and Pierce-4 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate

    On 15 Nov 2018 at 23:13 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

    Pierce-10910 and Pierce-4 appear to represent the same person because: clearly intended to be the same person, please approve this merge

    On 30 Apr 2018 at 21:57 GMT Susie Brown wrote:

    First Lady Barbara Bush and I are 9th cousins 2x's removed.

    We share a great grandfather William Bateman IV Her 8th Mine 10th

    On 30 Apr 2018 at 02:07 GMT Ken Wise wrote:

    My 13th Couson once removed on the Boothe line. I never knew! The true embodiment of the word "Lady". R.I.P, Dear Lady.

    On 27 Apr 2018 at 15:55 GMT Barbara (McCleary) Berman wrote:

    According to Relationship Finder, Mrs. Bush and I are 8th cousins once removed descending from Freedom Lippincott (1655-1697) , a Quaker from Burlington, NJ.

    On 25 Apr 2018 at 15:23 GMT Kathleen (Rogan) Foster wrote:

    From a wiki relationship finder search, Mrs. Bush is my 19th cousin once removed through our common Grandfather Henry Russell MP.

    RIP Mrs. Bush xoxo

    On 23 Apr 2018 at 20:11 GMT Melanie (Snyder) Stewart wrote:

    My 9th cousin once removed through William Andrews. Rest in peace, cousin.

    On 22 Apr 2018 at 21:19 GMT Mary (Gulish) G wrote:

    She was a very classy LADY. Alot of people have and will continue to enjoy programs she started up. RIP

    On 22 Apr 2018 at 19:48 GMT Evelyn (Murray) McKelvey wrote:

    Barbara Bush is my 18th Cousin as shown in the Wki Relationship finder....

    Evelyn McKelvey (Muray-2307)

    On 21 Apr 2018 at 12:55 GMT Jim Burt wrote:

    Barbara Pierce Bush is my 10th cousin, once removed. Susan Wood Mitchell is our 9th and 10th great-grandmother, respectively.

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    Barbara is 1 degrees from George Bush, 20 degrees from Rick San Soucie and 18 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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