John T. Bush

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John T. Bush (April 16, 1811 Fort Ann, Washington County, New York – November 10, 1888) was an American lawyer, businessman and politician from New York.


He began to practice law in Tonawanda, New York in 1836, and the next year became a Justice of the Peace. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co.) in 1845 and 1846. On October 1, 1846, he married Mary Owen Ford, and they had four daughters. He was a member of the New York State Senate (31st D.) in 1848 and 1849.

On March 26, 1851, he received a recess appointment by President Millard Fillmore as U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of New York, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 15, 1852, and remained in office until April 1853 when he resigned.In 1854, he removed to Niagara Falls, New York, and built the "International Hotel" there. In 1864, he bought the Zimmerman estate in Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, built the "Clifton Place" mansion, and went to live there. In 1867, he became the first President of the Clifton Suspension Bridge Company in the United States; and in 1868, he was among the incorporators of the Clifton Suspension Bridge Company in Canada.

Assemblyman William T. Bush was his brother.


New York State Senate
Preceded by
new district
New York State Senate
31st District

Succeeded by
George R. Babcock