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Dorothy Wear Bush (Walker)

Also Known As: "Dottie"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Walkers Point, York, Maine, United States
Death: Died in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Cause of death: Stroke
Place of Burial: Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Fairfield, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Herbert Walker and Lucretia 'Loulie' Walker
Wife of Prescott Sheldon Bush
Mother of Prescott Sheldon Bush, Jr.; George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the USA; Nancy Walker Ellis; Jonathan James Bush; William "Bucky" Henry Trotter Bush and 3 others
Sister of Nancy Walker; Samuel Prescott Bush; George Herbert Walker, Jr. (co-founder of the New York Mets); <private> Walker; <private> Walker and 1 other

Managed by: Peter R. Becker
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About Dorothy Wear Bush

Dorothy Wear Walker Bush (July 1, 1901 – November 19, 1992) was the mother of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, and the grandmother of the 43rd president, George W. Bush.[1] Time on her death wrote that "George (H.W.) Bush was shaped and tempered by his mother's nature."[2] Dorothy Bush raised her five children in a strongly religious home. During her childhood she attended church as many as three times each Sunday.[3]

Biography

She was born Dorothy Walker near Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Me., on July 1, 1901, the daughter of Lucretia "Loulie" Wear Walker and George Herbert Walker. The Walker family had emigrated from England to America in the 17th century, and settled in Maine. By the middle of the 19th century, they had migrated to St. Louis where Dorothy Walker's father became a thriving businessman.

Her father was a banker who established the Walker Cup, which pits British and American amateur golfers. Her father and grandfather established a summer home for the family about 1905 on Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, in a rambling waterfront house that now serves as the vacation White House.

Mrs. Bush grew up in an atmosphere of privilege in St. Louis. She also attended the Farmington School Academy, a prep school in Farmington, Conn. Described in her youth as beautiful and vivacious, with an infectious laugh, she was an avid tennis player, an excellent golfer and a strong swimmer.

On August 6, 1921, Dorothy Walker married Prescott Bush, an investment banker, at the Church of St. Ann in Kennebunkport, not far from her family's summer house. The couple moved to Tennessee and then Massachusetts where George Bush, the future President, was born in 1924. She named her second son after her father, and when young George married Barbara Pierce in 1945, the bride wore her mother-in-law's wedding veil of princess and rosepoint lace. They had a total of five children: Prescott "Pressy" Bush, Jr. (1922), George H. W. Bush (1924; (named after Dorothy's father, George Herbert Walker), Nancy Bush (1926), Jonathan Bush (1931), and William "Bucky" Bush (1938).[4][5]

In a moment that would grow with legend and capture her essence, Dottie Walker, though abundantly pregnant with her first born, didn’t hesitate to take part in a family game of softball. She was standing in the batter’s box at home plate when labor began, hit a home run, and ran all the bases before declaring, “Take me to the hospital.” Prescott Bush Jr., was born a few hours later.

During the President's childhood, Mrs. Bush was active in Greenwich public affairs, doing work for the Red Cross and a local welfare agency. Her husband, a partner in the Wall Street firm of Brown Brothers, Harriman & Company, also served as Republican Senator from Connecticut from 1952 to 1963. He died in 1972.

Lucretia Wear was descended from French Huguenots (Gabriel and Marie Hersent Maupin) who arrived in America in 1700.

Dorothy Walker died at age 91 in Greenwich, Connecticut, on November 19, 1992. She is interred with her husband Prescott Bush at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut.[5]

References

^ Wead, Doug (2005). The Raising of a President: The Mothers and Fathers of Our Nation's Leaders.. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0743497260. http://books.google.com/books?id=9EeRFIM53lYC&pg=PA411&lpg=PA411&dq=%22dorothy+walker+bush%22&source=web&ots=LVdxV2v31n&sig=oYrif5FFArR_90oG4f_d8p7Jal8.

^ "The Presidency.". Time (magazine). http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,977128,00.html. Retrieved on 2007-11-20. "George Bush was shaped and tempered by his mother's nature. His was a soul finally formed by strata of love and discipline relentlessly laid down. Bush was lucky, so very lucky, to be rooted in a woman like Dorothy Walker Bush, who died last week at 91."

^ "Dorothy W. Bush, Mother of President, Dies at 91.". New York Times. November 20, 1992. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE3DE113BF933A15752C1A964958260. Retrieved on 2007-11-20. "Dorothy Walker Bush, the mother of President Bush, died shortly after 5 P.M. yesterday at the family's house in Greenwich, Connecticut, after suffering a stroke. She was 91 years old. ... Mrs. Bush also reared her children in a strongly religious home, a reflection of her own childhood during which she is said to have attended church as many as three times every Sunday."

^ a b "The Family Tree.". Time (magazine). http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,997685-1,00.html. Retrieved on 2007-11-20. "The most competitive Bush, she bred in her children the drive to win and the rule never to brag about it. While in the White House, her son called her every day."

^ a b c "Dorothy Walker Bush Dies at Age 91; President's Mother, 'Righteous Lady'.". Washington Post. November 20, 1992. "The wife of a senator, Mrs. Bush lived to see her son inaugurated the 41st president of the United States. Seated on the inaugural platform four years ago, she smiled as he bent to kiss her and tell reporters, 'Many of our family are here, and they all, as does this son, worship the ground she walks on.'"

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Prescott Sheldon BUSH (Sr.)

Dorothy WALKER

Husband: Prescott Sheldon BUSH (Sr.)

Birth: 15 May 1895, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH

Death: 8 Oct 1972, New York, NY

Disposition: buried Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT

Last Residence: Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT

Education: 1917, graduated Yale University

Military Service: World War I: 1917-19, Capt., Connecticut National Guard

Politics: Republican

Political Office: U.S. Senate

Occupation: banker — financier to Adolph Hitler during WWII

Crime: convicted of Trading with the Enemy in WWII

Father: Samuel Prescott BUSH

Mother: Florence "Flora" SHELDON

Marriage: 6 Aug 1921, Kennebunkport, York Co., ME

Wife: Dorothy WALKER

Birth: 1 Jul 1901, York Co., ME

Death: 19 Nov 1992 — said to have died in Greenwich, CT

Last Residence: Hobe Sound, Martin Co., FL

Father: George Herbert WALKER (1875-1953)

Mother: Lucretia WEAR (1874-1961)

Children:

1. Prescott Sheldon BUSH, Jr., b. 1922, ME

2. George Herbert Walker "Poppy" BUSH, b. 12 Jun 1924, MA

3. Nancy BUSH, b. 1926, NY

4. Jonathan James BUSH, b. 1931

5. William Trotter "Bucky" BUSH, b. 14 Jul 1938

Keywords for search engines: USA, US, United States, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio

Sources:

1. Marriage Record:

2. 1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #7 of 102): Stanwick Road, Greenwich Town, Fairfield Co., CT, p. 85A, SN 4A, ED 1-134, SE 4, enumerated 4 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):

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This article is about George H. W. Bush's mother. For George H. W. Bush's daughter, see Dorothy Bush Koch.

Dorothy Wear Walker Bush

Born Dorothy Wear Walker

July 1, 1901

York County, Maine

Died November 19, 1992 (aged 91)

Greenwich, Connecticut

Education Miss Porter's School

Spouse(s) Prescott Sheldon Bush

Children Prescott Bush, Jr.

George H. W. Bush

Nancy Bush

Jonathan Bush

William H.T. Bush

Parents George Herbert Walker

Lucretia Wear

Dorothy Wear Walker Bush (July 1, 1901 – November 19, 1992), mother to 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, and the grandmother of 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.Time on her death wrote that "George (H.W.) Bush was shaped and tempered by his mother's nature." Dorothy Bush raised her five children in a strongly religious home. During her childhood she attended church as many as three times each Sunday.

She was born near Walker's Point, in York County, Maine, to George Herbert Walker and Lucretia "Loulie" (Wear) Walker (1874-1961)

Walker attended Miss Porter's School and married Prescott Sheldon Bush on August 6, 1921, in Kennebunkport, Maine. They had five children: Prescott "Pressy" Bush, Jr. (1922), George H. W. Bush (1924; (named after Dorothy's father, George Herbert Walker), Nancy Bush (1926), Jonathan Bush (1931), and William "Bucky" Bush (1938)

Lucretia Wear was descended from French Huguenots (Gabriel and Marie Hersent Maupin) who arrived in America in 1700.

Dorothy Walker died at age 91 in Greenwich, Connecticut, on November 19, 1992. She is interred with her husband Prescott Bush at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut.

]Family

George H. W. Bush (born June 12, 1924), 41st President of the United States - Son

George W. Bush (born July 6, 1946), 43rd President of the United States and 46th Governor of Texas - Grandson

Jeb Bush (born February 11, 1953), 43rd Governor of Florida - Grandson -------------------- Dorothy Walker Bush

Birth: Jul. 1, 1901 Death: Nov. 19, 1992

Mother of US President George H. W. Bush, grandmother of US President George W. Bush and wife of US Senator Prescott Bush.


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Parents:
 George Herbert Walker (1875 - 1953)
 Lucretia Wear Walker (1874 - 1961)

Children:
 Prescott Sheldon Bush (1922 - 2010)*

Spouse:
 Prescott Bush (1895 - 1972)
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Burial: Putnam Cemetery Greenwich Fairfield County Connecticut, USA


Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jul 26, 1999 Find A Grave Memorial# 5991

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Dorothy Wear Bush's Timeline

1901
July 1, 1901
Walkers Point, York, Maine, United States
1921
August 6, 1921
Age 20
Kennebunkport,York, Maine, USA
1922
August 10, 1922
Age 21
Kennebunkport, York, Maine, USA
1924
June 12, 1924
Age 22
Milton, Norfolk, MA, USA
1926
February 4, 1926
Age 24
Connecticut, USA
1930
1930
Age 28
Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1930
Age 28
Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut
1930
Age 28
Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut
1930
Age 28
1930
Age 28
Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut