Prescott Bush

Former Us Senator + Father of George H.w. Bush

Prescott Sheldon Bush was a Wall Street executive banker and a United States Senator, representing Connecticut from 1952 until January 1963. He was the father of George H. W. Bush and the grandfather of George W. Bush and Jeb Bush (43rd Governor of Florida).… Read More

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1895 Birth Born on May 15, 1895.


1908 13 Years Old Bush attended St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island, from 1908 to 1913.
1913 18 Years Old In 1913, he enrolled at Yale College, where his grandfather, James Smith Bush (class of 1844), and his uncle Robert E. Sheldon Jr (class of 1904) had matriculated. … Read More


1918 23 Years Old According to Skull and Bones lore, Prescott Bush was among a group of Bonesmen who dug up and removed the skull of Geronimo from his grave at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1918. … Read More
1919 24 Years Old After his discharge in 1919, Prescott Bush went to work for the Simmons Hardware Company in St. Louis, Missouri.
1921 26 Years Old Prescott Bush married Dorothy Walker on August 6, 1921, in Kennebunkport, Maine. … Read More
1923 28 Years Old 1 More Event
The Bush family moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1923, where Prescott briefly worked for the Hupp Products Company.
1924 29 Years Old In 1924, Bush became vice-president of the investment bank A. … Read More


1925 30 Years Old In 1925, he joined the United States Rubber Company of New York City as manager of the foreign division, and moved to Greenwich, Connecticut.
1928 33 Years Old As was his father-in-law, he was a member of the United States Golf Association, serving successively as secretary, vice-president and president, 1928–1935. … Read More
1931 36 Years Old In 1931, he became a partner of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., which was created through the 1931 merger of A. Harriman & Co with Brown Bros. & Co. … Read More
1932 37 Years Old He was on the board of directors of CBS, having been introduced to chairman William S. Paley around 1932 by his close friend and colleague W. … Read More


1942 47 Years Old 1 More Event
A subsequent government investigation disproved those allegations but confirmed the Thyssens' control, and in October 1942 the United States seized the bank under the Trading with the Enemy Act and held the assets for the duration of World War II. … Read More


1947 52 Years Old From 1947 to 1950, he served as Connecticut Republican finance chairman, and was the Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1950. … Read More
1954 59 Years Old On December 2, 1954, Prescott Bush was part of the large (67–22) majority to censure Wisconsin Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy after McCarthy had taken on the U.S. Army and the Eisenhower administration. … Read More


1956 61 Years Old He was reelected in 1956 with 55 percent of the vote over Democrat Thomas J. Dodd (later U.S. Senator from Connecticut and father of Christopher J. Dodd), and decided not to run for another term in 1962. … Read More
1960 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Eisenhower later included Prescott Bush on an undated handwritten list of prospective candidates he favored for the 1960 GOP presidential nomination. … Read More
1963 68 Years Old A staunch supporter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, he served until January 1963.
1972 77 Years Old He died in 1972 at age 77 and was interred at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut. … Read More
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