Bush family

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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. Their extended family includes James Bush who attended war, Wayne Bush, Nicholas Bush, Cooper Bush, Breannon Bush and Kyesha Bush
Current regionTexas
Place of originNew York
New England
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. They were the first family of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and again from 2001 to 2009, and was also the second family of the United States from 1981 to 1989, when George H. W. Bush was vice president.

Best known for their involvement in politics, family members have held various national and state offices spanning across four generations, including that of U.S. senator (Prescott Bush); governor (Jeb Bush and George W. Bush); and president (George H. W. Bush, who had previously served as vice president, and George W. Bush). Other family members include a National Football League (NFL) executive (Joe Ellis) and two nationally known television personalities (Billy Bush and Jenna Bush Hager).

Biographer Peter Schweizer has described the Bushes as "the most successful political dynasty in American history". The Bush family is of English descent.[1] The Bush family traces its English 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 (19222014) on December 30, 1944[2][3]
          • Prescott Sheldon Bush III (19452009), son of Prescott Bush Jr.; married to Francesca Emerson Farr on June 28, 1970[4]
          • Kelsey Bush-Nadeau, daughter of Prescott Bush Jr.; married to Philip Gerald Nadeau on May 25, 1974[5][6]
            • 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
              • Beatrice
            • Samuel P. Bush, son of James L. Bush
              • Auden
              • Elliot
        • 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
            George H. W. Bush picnics on the lawn of his Kennebunkport home with his family, 1988
          • 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
              • Cora Georgia Coyne (born September 27, 2021), daughter of Barbara Bush 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,[7] 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 and David Lauren
              • Max Walker Lauren (born April 19, 2018), son of Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren
              • Robert Rocky Lauren (born April 10, 2021), son of Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren
            • Pierce Mallon Bush (born 1986), son of Neil Bush and Sharon Smith; married to Sarahbeth Melton
              • Adeline Grace Elizabeth Bush (born April 21, 2021), daughter of Pierce Bush
            • Ashley Walker Bush (born 1989), daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Smith. Married to Julian LeFevre on March 2, 2019.
          • 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 on November 21, 2015.
            • Charles Walker Bush (born December 12, 1989), adopted son of Marvin Pierce Bush. Married to Lora Benoit on November 24, 2020.
          • 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. Married to Katherine “Kitty” Montesi on November 13, 2021.
            • 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
            • Josiah Ellis
            • Zander Ellis
            • Catherine Ellis
        • Jonathan James Bush (1931–2021), Prescott Bush Sr.'s fourth child; banker; married to Josephine Bush (née Bradley)
          • Jonathan S. Bush (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
            • Izzy Bush (born September 20, 1997), daughter of Jonathan S. Bush
            • Nicola Bush, daughter of Jonathan S. Bush
            • Anna Bush, daughter of Jonathan S. Bush
            • Oscar Bush, son of Jonathan S. Bush
            • Willa R. Bush (born January 2019), daughter of Jonathan S. Bush 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;[8] 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 [8]


Patrilineal line[edit]

Other notable relatives[edit]

Connections to other prominent families[edit]

Former presidents George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush in Houston, Texas, 2009

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.

Barack Obama is the 10th cousin once-removed of George W Bush, through Samuel Hinkley of Cape Cod.

Family tree[edit]


Awards and honors[edit]

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[edit]


Political offices held[edit]

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 P. Bush represents the fourth generation of the Bush family to have held elected office after becoming Texas Land Commissioner in 2015


Vice President[edit]

U.S. Congress[edit]



  • 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 (2015–2023)

See also[edit]


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