Obadiah Bush

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Obadiah Bush
Born Obadiah Newcomb Bush
(1797-01-28)January 28, 1797
Penfield, New York, U.S.
Died February 9, 1851(1851-02-09) (aged 54)
At sea, in transit from California
Resting place Buried at sea
Occupation Prospector and businessman
Spouse(s) Harriet Smith
(m. 1821; his death 1851)
Children 7
Parent(s) Timothy Bush Jr.
Lydia Newcomb
Relatives Capt. Timothy Bush Sr.
(paternal grandfather)
George H. W. Bush
George W. Bush
See Bush family

Obadiah Newcomb Bush (January 28, 1797 – February 9, 1851) was an American prospector and businessman. He is an ancestor and founder of the Bush political family.

Early life[edit]

Obadiah Newcomb Bush was born on January 18, 1797 in Penfield, New York. His father, Timothy Bush Jr. (1766–1850), was a blacksmith; his mother was Lydia Newcomb (1763–1835). His paternal grandfather, Capt. Timothy Bush Sr. (1735–1815), was an American Revolution militia captain.[1]

Bush served in the War of 1812.[2]


In Rochester, New York, he became a schoolmaster.[2] He also served on a committee that nominated candidates for justice of the peace. He and his brother Henry, a manufacturer of stoves, were known abolitionists. He served as vice president of the American Anti-Slavery Society and supported the Underground Railroad.[citation needed] He petitioned the New York State Legislature to secede from the Union in a protest against slavery, after which The Rochester Daily Advertiser accused him of encouraging anarchy.[citation needed] Abigail Bush was the wife of his brother Henry.

In 1849, he travelled to California "with the forty-niners during the gold rush".[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

Bush married Harriet Smith (1800–1867) in Rochester, New York on November 8, 1821. They had seven children, among them James Smith Bush.[2] He died aboard a ship on his way back to California and was given a sea burial.


  • Mansfield, Stephen (2004). The Faith of George W. Bush. Tarcher. ISBN 1-58542-378-5. 
  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c Aikman, David (2004). A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-8499-1811-7. OCLC 54356660. 
  3. ^ Bush, George W. (2014). 41: A Portrait of My Father. London: Ebury Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 9780553447781. OCLC 883645289. His great-great-grandfather Obadiah Bush had traveled west with the forty-niners during the Gold Rush. 

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