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Prescott Sheldon Bush, Sr.

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Birthplace: Columbus, Franklin, OH, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Place of Burial: Putnam Cemetery, 35 Parsonage Rd, Greenwich, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Prescott Bush and Flora Sheldon Bush
Husband of Dorothy Wear Bush
Father of Prescott Sheldon Bush, Jr.; George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the USA; Nancy Walker Ellis; Jonathan James Bush and William Henry Trotter Bush
Brother of Mary Eleanor Bush; Robert Sheldon Bush; Margaret Livingston Bush and James Smith Bush

Occupation: U.S. Senator for state of Connecticut, United States Senator and Wall Street executive banker, U.S. Senator, Executive banker, U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 41st President of the United States of America
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Home in 1930: Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut

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about Prescott Sheldon Bush

Name: Prescott Sheldon Bush

Gender: male

Birth Place: OH

Spouse Name: Dorothy Walker

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Marriage State: ME

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Prescott Sheldon Bush (May 15, 1895 – October 8, 1972) was a United States Senator from Connecticut, a Wall Street executive banker, founding partner with Brown Brothers Harriman and a director of Union Banking Corp. His involvement with that bank, of which he owned exactly 1 share, [1] did not, however, interfere with his bid to become a United States Senator in 1952, an office which he held until January 1963. He was the father of former President of the United States George H. W. Bush and the grandfather of President George W. Bush.

Early life

Bush was born in Columbus, Ohio to Samuel Prescott Bush and Flora (Sheldon) Bush. Samuel Bush was a railroad executive, then a steel company president, and during World War I, also a federal government official in charge of coordination and assistance to major weapons contractors.

Bush attended the Douglas School in Columbus and then St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island from 1908 to 1913. In 1913, he enrolled at Yale University. Three subsequent generations of the Bush family have been Yale alumni. Prescott Bush was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity while at Yale and Skull and Bones secret society. George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush were also members of that society.

Prescott Bush played varsity golf, football, and baseball, and was president of the Yale Glee Club.

[edit] Military service

After graduation, Bush served as a field artillery captain with the American Expeditionary Forces (1917–1919) during World War I. He received intelligence training at Verdun, France, and was briefly assigned to a staff of French officers. Alternating between intelligence and artillery, Bush came under fire in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. In what became a controversy, Bush wrote home about receiving medals for heroic exploits, and his letters were later published in Columbus newspapers. However, Bush retracted statements made in his letters a few weeks later when it was revealed that he, in fact, had not received such medals. The retraction was made in a cable in which Bush stated that his earlier letter had been written "in a spirit of fun" and was not intended for publication.[2]

[edit] Business career

After his discharge in 1919, Prescott Bush went to work for the Simmons Hardware Company in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Bushes moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1923, where Prescott Bush went to work for the Hupp Products Company, where his business efforts generally failed. He left in November 1923 to become president of sales for Stedman Products in South Braintree, Massachusetts. It was during this time that he lived in a Victorian home at 173 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts, where his son, George H.W. Bush, was born.

In 1924, Bush had been made a vice-president of A. Harriman & Co. by his father-in-law, George Herbert Walker. Also employed by the company were E. Roland Harriman and Knight Woolley, Bush's Yale classmates and fellow Bonesmen. Seven years later, Bush became a founding partner of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. that was created through the 1931 merger of Brown Bros. & Co., a merchant bank founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1818 with Harriman Brothers & Co., established in New York City in 1927, and A. Harriman & Co.

In 1925, Bush joined the United States Rubber Company of New York City as manager of the foreign division, and moved to Greenwich, Connecticut.

On July 23, 2007, the BBC Radio 4 series Document reported on the Business Plot and the archives from the McCormack-Dickstein Committee hearings. The program also mentioned Prescott Bush's directorship of the Hamburg America Line, a company that the committee investigated for Nazi propaganda activities. The program did not claim that Bush had any direct involvement with Nazi activities, nor any connection at all with the Business Plot. [1]

From 1944 to 1956, Bush was a member of the Yale Corporation, the principal governing body of Yale University. Bush was on the board of directors of CBS, having been introduced to chairman William S. Paley around 1932 by his close friend and colleague William Averell Harriman, who became a major Democratic Party power-broker.

[edit] Political career

Bush was a typical New England Republican of his time; as a former banker, he was a pro-business conservative, but held many positions today considered socially moderate. He was involved with the American Birth Control League as early as 1942, and served as the treasurer of the first national capital campaign of Planned Parenthood in 1947. Bush was also an early supporter of the United Negro College Fund, serving as chairman of the Connecticut branch in 1951.


Bush with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Oval Office.From 1947 to 1950, he served as Connecticut Republican finance chairman, and was the Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1950. One of his opponents at the time, a Republican woman named Vivien Kellems, said that Bush's nomination was an inside job of political sabotage in favor of William Benton, the Democratic nominee. A columnist in Boston said that Bush "is coming on to be known as President Truman's Harry Hopkins. Nobody knows Mr. Bush and he hasn't a Chinaman's chance."[3] Bush's ties with Planned Parenthood also hurt him in heavily Catholic Connecticut, and were the basis of a last-minute campaign in churches by Bush's opponents; the family vigorously denied the connection, but Bush lost to Benton by only 1,000 votes.

In 1952, he was elected to the Senate, defeating Abraham Ribicoff for the seat vacated by the death of James O'Brien McMahon. A staunch supporter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bush served until January 1963. 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 the current U.S. Senator from Connecticut, Christopher J. Dodd), and decided not to run for another term in 1962. He was a key ally for the passage of Eisenhower's Interstate Highway System.[4], and during his tenure supported the Polaris submarine project (which were built by Electric Boat Corporation in Groton, Connecticut), civil rights legislation, and the establishment of the Peace Corps.[5]

On December 2, 1954, Bush was part of the large (67-22) majority to censure Wisconsin Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy, after McCarthy had taken on the US Army and the Eisenhower administration. Dwight D. Eisenhower later included Bush's name on an undated handwritten list of prospective candidates he favored for the 1960 GOP presidential nomination.

Bush's moderate politics became more complicated in time. In terms of issues he often agreed with New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, but personally disliked and politically opposed him, despite the close relationship his father had with the Rockefeller family. During the 1964 election, Bush denounced Rockefeller for divorcing his first wife and marrying a woman about 20 years his junior with whom Rockefeller had been having an affair while married to his first wife[5].

On the February 7, 2007 episode of The Daily Show, guest Ralph Nader mentioned that his mother Rose Nader had extracted a promise from Bush to build a dry dam for a river near the Nader home by refusing to let go of his hand after shaking it upon being introduced to him.

[edit] Personal life


The grave of Prescott BushBush married Dorothy Walker on August 6, 1921, in Kennebunkport, Maine. They had five children: Prescott "Pressy" Bush, Jr. (b. 1922), George H. W. Bush (b. 1924, named after Dorothy's father George Herbert Walker), Nancy Bush (b. 1926), Jonathan Bush (b. 1931), and William "Bucky" Bush (b. 1938).

Bush founded the Yale Glee Club Associates, an alumni group, in 1937. Following his father-in-law, he was a member of the executive committee of the United States Golf Association (USGA), serving successively as secretary, vice-president and president, 1928-1935. He was a multi-year club champion of the Round Hill Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, and was on the committee set up by New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. to help create the New York Mets.

Bush maintained homes in New York, Long Island, and Greenwich, Connecticut; the family compound at Kennebunkport, Maine; a 10,000 acre (40 km²) plantation in South Carolina; and a secluded island off the Connecticut coast, Fishers Island.


The headstone of Prescott BushHe died in 1972 at age 77 and was interred at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut.

[edit] Writings

Bush's articles include:

"Timely Monetary Policy," Banking, June 1955 and July 1955

"To Preserve Peace Let's Show the Russians How Strong We Are!" Reader's Digest, July 1959

"Politics Is Your Business," Chamber of Commerce, State of New York, Bulletin, May 1960

[edit] Further reading

The Prescott Bush Papers are at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

The Greenwich Library Oral History Project has interviews with Prescott Bush, Jr., and Mary Walker.

There is material by and about Bush in the History of the Class of 1917 Yale College (1919) and the supplementary class albums.

John Atlee Kouwenhoven, Partners in Banking: An Historical Portrait of a Great Private Bank, Brown Brothers Harriman (1968).

Obituaries are in the Washington Post, Oct. 9, 1972; the New York Times, Oct. 9, 1972; the Hartford Courant, Oct. 9, 1972; and Yale Alumni Magazine, Dec. 1972.

"Prescott Sheldon Bush. "Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 9: 1971-1975. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.

Darwin Payne, Initiative in Energy: Dresser Industries, Inc., 1880-1978. New York: Simon and Schuster (1979).

Kelley, Kitty. 2004, 2005. The Family: The True Story of the Bush Dynasty. Doubleday, Anchor.[2]

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A Wall Street executive banker, and a United States Senator representing Connecticut from 1952 until January 1963. He was the father of former President of the United States George H. W. Bush and the grandfather of President George W. Bush.

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Service/branch United States Army

Unit American Expeditionary Forces

Battles/wars World War I

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Early life

Prescott Sheldon Bush (May 15, 1895 – October 8, 1972)

Bush was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Samuel Prescott Bush and Flora Sheldon Bush. Samuel Bush was a railroad executive, then a steel company president, and, during World War I, also a federal government official in charge of coordination and assistance to major weapons contractors.

Bush attended St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island, from 1908 to 1913. In 1913, he enrolled at Yale University, where his grandfather James Smith Bush, class of 1844 and his uncle Robert E. Sheldon Jr., class of 1904, had matriculated. Three subsequent generations of the Bush family have been Yale alumni. Prescott Bush was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity and Skull and Bones secret society. George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush are also members of that society. A disputed urban legend holds that Bush stole the bones of Geronimo for the society while he was stationed at Fort Sill. In 2009, Ramsey Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of people claiming to be Geronimo's descendants against Skull and Bones, Barack Obama, and Robert Gates in connection with the alleged theft, seeking to have Geronimo's remains moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico. The Oklahoma descendants of Geronimo filed suit to prevent such a move.

Prescott Bush played varsity golf, football, and baseball, and was president of the Yale Glee Club.

[edit]Military service

After graduation, Bush served as a field artillery captain with the American Expeditionary Forces (1917–1919) during World War I. He received intelligence training at Verdun, France, and was briefly assigned to a staff of French officers. Alternating between intelligence and artillery, Bush came under fire in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. In what became a controversy, Bush wrote home about receiving medals for heroic exploits, and his letters were later published in Columbus newspapers. He retracted such claims in a cable in which he stated that his earlier letter had been written "in a spirit of fun" and was not intended for publication.

[edit]Business career

After his discharge in 1919, Prescott Bush went to work for the Simmons Hardware Company in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Bushes moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1923, where Prescott Bush went to work for the Hupp Products Company, where his business efforts generally failed. He left in November 1923 to become president of sales for Stedman Products in South Braintree, Massachusetts. During this time, he lived in a Victorian home at 173 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts, where his son, George H.W. Bush, was born.

In 1924, Bush became vice-president of A. Harriman & Co. His father-in-law, George Herbert Walker also worked with the company, as did E. Roland Harriman and Knight Woolley, Bush's Yale classmates and fellow Bonesmen. Seven years later, Bush became a partner of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., which was created through the 1931 merger of A. Harriman & Co with Brown Bros. & Co. (a merchant bank founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1818) and with Harriman Brothers & Co. (established in New York City in 1927).

In 1925, Bush joined the United States Rubber Company of New York City as manager of the foreign division, and moved to Greenwich, Connecticut. He was an avid golfer, and in 1935 named head of the USGA.

From 1944 to 1956, Bush was a member of the Yale Corporation, the principal governing body of Yale University. Bush was on the board of directors of CBS, having been introduced to chairman William S. Paley around 1932 by his close friend and colleague William Averell Harriman, who became a major Democratic Party power-broker.

[edit]Bush and the Union Banking Corporation

Bush was one of seven directors of the Union Banking Corporation, an investment bank controlled by the Thyssen family, which was seized in October 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act as being owned by "enemy aliens." The assets were held by the government for the duration of the war, then returned afterward.

In an article relying on John Buchanan's work, The Guardian stated that the company formed part of a multinational network of front companies to allow Thyssen to move assets around the world. The Alien Property Custodian records state "Whether all or part of the funds held by Union Banking Corporation, or companies associated with it, belong to Fritz Thyssen could not be established in this investigation." [9] The seizure of companies under the Act were designated "classified" and declassified in 2002 when all similar records were declassified.

In 2003, the Anti-Defamation League responded, saying:

“Rumors about the alleged Nazi 'ties' of the late Prescott Bush ... have circulated widely through the internet in recent years. These charges are untenable and politically motivated. Despite some early financial dealings between Prescott Bush and a Nazi industrialist named Fritz Thyssen (who was arrested by the Nazi regime in 1938 and imprisoned during the war), Prescott Bush was neither a Nazi nor a Nazi sympathizer. ”

In 2004 The Guardian ran a story about business links between Prescott Bush and "the financial backers of Nazi Germany," while noting that throughout the 1930s these activities were not illegal.

[edit]Political career

Bush was politically active on social issues. He was involved with the American Birth Control League as early as 1942, and served as the treasurer of the first national capital campaign of Planned Parenthood in 1947. Bush was also an early supporter of the United Negro College Fund, serving as chairman of the Connecticut branch in 1951.

Bush with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Oval Office.

From 1947 to 1950, he served as Connecticut Republican finance chairman, and was the Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1950. A columnist in Boston said that Bush "is coming on to be known as President Truman's Harry Hopkins. Nobody knows Mr. Bush and he hasn't a Chinaman's chance." Bush's ties with Planned Parenthood also hurt him in heavily Catholic Connecticut, and were the basis of a last-minute campaign in churches by Bush's opponents; the family vigorously denied the connection, but Bush lost to Benton by only 1,000 votes.

In 1952, he was elected to the Senate, defeating Abraham Ribicoff for the seat vacated by the death of James O'Brien McMahon. A staunch supporter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bush served until January 1963. 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 the current U.S. Senator from Connecticut, Christopher J. Dodd), and decided not to run for another term in 1962. He was a key ally for the passage of Eisenhower's Interstate Highway System, and during his tenure supported the Polaris submarine project (which were built by Electric Boat Corporation in Groton, Connecticut), civil rights legislation, and the establishment of the Peace Corps.

On December 2, 1954, 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. Eisenhower later included Bush's name on an undated handwritten list of prospective candidates he favored for the 1960 GOP presidential nomination.

In terms of issues, Bush often agreed with New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, but personally disliked and politically opposed him, despite the close relationship his father had with the Rockefeller family. During the 1964 election, Bush denounced Rockefeller for divorcing his first wife and marrying a woman about 20 years his junior with whom Rockefeller had been having an affair while married to his first wife.

Personal life

The grave of Prescott Bush

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

Bush founded the Yale Glee Club Associates, an alumni group, in 1937. Following his father-in-law, he was a member of the United States Golf Association (USGA), serving successively as secretary, vice-president and president, 1928-1935. He was a multi-year club champion of the Round Hill Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, and was on the committee set up by New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. to help create the New York Mets.

Bush maintained homes in New York, Long Island, and Greenwich, Connecticut; the family compound at Kennebunkport, Maine; a 10,000 acre (40 km²) plantation in South Carolina; and a secluded island off the Connecticut coast, Fishers Island.

The headstone of Prescott Bush

He died in 1972 at age 77 and was interred at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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United States Senator from Connecticut.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prescott_Sheldon_Bush

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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

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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): -------------------- Prescott Sheldon Bush (May 15, 1895 – October 8, 1972) 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, 41st President of the United States and the paternal grandfather of George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States. Contents [hide] 1 Early life 2 Military service 3 Business career 3.1 Union Banking Corporation 4 United States Senator 5 Personal life 6 Writings 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links [edit]Early life

Bush was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Samuel Prescott Bush and Flora Sheldon Bush. Samuel Bush was a railroad executive, then a steel company president, and, during World War I, also a federal government official in charge of coordination and assistance to major weapons contractors. Bush attended St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island, from 1908 to 1913. In 1913, he enrolled at Yale University, where his grandfather James Smith Bush, class of 1844, and his uncle Robert E. Sheldon Jr., class of 1904, had matriculated. Three subsequent generations of the Bush family have been Yale alumni. Prescott Bush was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity and Skull and Bones secret society. George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush are also members of that society. Prescott Bush played varsity golf, football, and baseball, and was president of the Yale Glee Club. [edit]Military service

After graduation, Bush served as a field artillery captain with the American Expeditionary Forces (1917–1919) during World War I. He received intelligence training at Verdun, France, and was briefly assigned to a staff of French officers. Alternating between intelligence and artillery, Bush came under fire in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. [edit]Business career

After his discharge in 1919, Prescott Bush went to work for the Simmons Hardware Company in St. Louis, Missouri. The Bushes moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1923, where Prescott Bush briefly worked for the Hupp Products Company. In November 1923 to become president of sales for Stedman Products in South Braintree, Massachusetts. During this time, he lived in a Victorian home at 173 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts, where his son, George H.W. Bush, was born. In 1924, Bush became vice-president of A. Harriman & Co. His father-in-law, George Herbert Walker also worked with the company, as did E. Roland Harriman and Knight Woolley, Bush's Yale classmates and fellow Bonesmen. In 1931, Bush became a partner of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., which was created through the 1931 merger of A. Harriman & Co with Brown Bros. & Co. (a merchant bank founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1818) and with Harriman Brothers & Co. (established in New York City in 1927). In 1925, Bush joined the United States Rubber Company of New York City as manager of the foreign division, and moved to Greenwich, Connecticut. He was an avid golfer, and in 1935 named head of the USGA.[1] From 1944 to 1956, Bush was a member of the Yale Corporation, the principal governing body of Yale University. Bush was on the board of directors of CBS, having been introduced to chairman William S. Paley around 1932 by his close friend and colleague William Averell Harriman, who became a major Democratic Party power-broker. [edit] Union Banking Corporation Bush was one of seven directors of the Union Banking Corporation, an investment bank controlled by the Thyssen family, which was seized in October 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act as being owned by "enemy aliens". The assets were held by the government for the duration of the war, then returned afterward. An article relying on conspiracy theorist John Buchanan's work, The Guardian, stated that the company formed part of a multinational network of front companies to allow Thyssen to move assets around the world.[2] The Alien Property Custodian records state "Whether all or part of the funds held by Union Banking Corporation, or companies associated with it, belong to Fritz Thyssen could not be established in this investigation."[3] In 2003, the Anti-Defamation League said: “ Rumors about the alleged Nazi 'ties' of the late Prescott Bush ... have circulated widely through the internet in recent years. These charges are untenable and politically motivated. Despite some early financial dealings between Prescott Bush and a Nazi industrialist named Fritz Thyssen (who was arrested by the Nazi regime in 1938 and imprisoned during the war), Prescott Bush was neither a Nazi nor a Nazi sympathizer.[2][4] ” [edit]United States Senator

Bush was politically active on social issues. He was involved with the American Birth Control League as early as 1942, and served as the treasurer of the first national capital campaign of Planned Parenthood in 1947. Bush was also an early supporter of the United Negro College Fund, serving as chairman of the Connecticut branch in 1951.

Bush with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Oval Office. From 1947 to 1950, he served as Connecticut Republican finance chairman, and was the Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1950. A columnist in Boston said that Bush "is coming on to be known as President Truman's Harry Hopkins. Nobody knows Mr. Bush and he hasn't a Chinaman's chance."[5] Bush's ties with Planned Parenthood also hurt him in heavily Catholic Connecticut, and were the basis of a last-minute campaign in churches by Bush's opponents; the family vigorously denied the connection, but Bush lost to Benton by only 1,000 votes. In 1952, he was elected to the Senate, defeating Abraham Ribicoff for the seat vacated by the death of James O'Brien McMahon. A staunch supporter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bush served until January 1963. 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 the recent U.S. Senator from Connecticut, Christopher J. Dodd), and decided not to run for another term in 1962. He was a key ally for the passage of Eisenhower's Interstate Highway System,[6] and during his tenure supported the Polaris submarine project (which were built by Electric Boat Corporation in Groton, Connecticut), civil rights legislation, and the establishment of the Peace Corps.[7] On December 2, 1954, 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. Eisenhower later included Bush's name on an undated handwritten list of prospective candidates he favored for the 1960 GOP presidential nomination. In terms of issues, Bush often agreed with New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, but personally disliked and politically opposed him, despite the close relationship his father had with the Rockefeller family. During the 1964 election, Bush denounced Rockefeller for divorcing his first wife and marrying a woman about 20 years his junior with whom Rockefeller had been having an affair while married to his first wife.[7] Another of Senator Bush's major legislative interests was flood and hurricane protection. He drafted Public Law 71, the Bush Hurricane Survey Act, enabling Army engineers to develop a new program of community protection against tidal flooding.[8][9] [edit]Personal life

The grave of Prescott Bush Bush married Dorothy Walker on August 6, 1921, in Kennebunkport, Maine. They had five children: Prescott Bush, Jr. (Aug 10, 1922 – June 23, 2010),[10][11][12] George H. W. Bush (b. 1924, named after Dorothy's father George Herbert Walker), Nancy Bush (b. 1926), Jonathan Bush (b. 1931), and William "Bucky" Bush (b. 1938). Bush founded the Yale Glee Club Associates, an alumni group, in 1937. Following his father-in-law, he was a member of the United States Golf Association, serving successively as secretary, vice-president and president, 1928–1935. He was a multi-year club champion of the Round Hill Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, and was on the committee set up by New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. to help create the New York Mets. Bush maintained homes in New York, Long Island, and Greenwich, Connecticut; the family compound at Kennebunkport, Maine; a 10,000 acre (40 km²) plantation in South Carolina; and a secluded island off the Connecticut coast, Fishers Island.

The headstone of Prescott Bush He died in 1972 at age 77 and was interred at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut. [edit]Writings

Bush's articles include: "Timely Monetary Policy," Banking, June 1955 and July 1955 "To Preserve Peace Let's Show the Russians How Strong We Are!" Reader's Digest, July 1959 "Politics Is Your Business," Chamber of Commerce, State of New York, Bulletin, May 1960 [edit]

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US Senator. The son of Samuel Prescott Bush, he was elected as a Senator from Connecticut to the United States Senate, serving from 1952 to 1963. He was the father of 41st United States President George H. W. Bush and Grandfather of 43rd United States President George W. Bush.


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Parents:
 Samuel Prescott Bush (1863 - 1948)
 Flora Sheldon Bush (1872 - 1920)

Children:
 Prescott Sheldon Bush (1922 - 2010)*

Spouse:
 Dorothy Walker Bush (1901 - 1992)*
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Burial: Putnam Cemetery Greenwich Fairfield County Connecticut, USA


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1895
May 15, 1895
Columbus, Franklin, OH, USA
1900
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Age 4
Milwaukee City, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1900
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Milwaukee City, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1900
Age 4
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
1920
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St. Louis, Missouri, United States
1920
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St Louis Ward 25, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri
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August 6, 1921
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Kennebunkport,York, Maine, USA