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Barbara Bush, Jeb Bush, George H.W. Bush, Laura Bush, and George W. Bush watch tee ball on the White House lawn.
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Barbara Bush, Jeb Bush, George H.W. Bush, Laura Bush, and George W. Bush watch tee ball on the White House lawn.

Originating in Columbus, Ohio, the Bush family in the 20th century became an accomplished political family in the United States. In January 2005, The Economist described the Bush family as the most successful political dynasty in U.S. history.

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The George H. W. Bush family in the early 1960s. In the front row, from left to right, stand Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, and Jeb Bush. In the back row are Doro Bush, George W. Bush, Barbara Bush, and George H. W. Bush)

The following is an approximate family tree of some of the members of the Bush family:

Ancestors

Obadiah Newcomb Bush

Obadiah Newcomb Bush (January 28 17971851) was the father of James Smith Bush and is great great great grandfather of President George W. Bush.

According to the book The Faith of George W. Bush:

"... left his home during the War of 1812, became a schoolmaster, then caught gold fever and left for California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Two years later, he tried to return home to reclaim his family and take them west. He died in the attempt, though, and was buried at sea. leaving his wife and seven children alone in Rochester, New York."

Timothy Bush Jr.

Timothy Bush Jr. (April 1, 17611850) was the father of Obadiah Newcomb Bush. Timothy married Lydia Newcomb, daughter of Daniel Newcomb and Elizabeth May, on 26 July 1791 in Penfield, New York. (Lydia Newcomb was born on 28 April 1763 and died on 14 September 1835 in Penfield, New York.)

Timothy Bush

Timothy Bush (17351815 in Springport, New York) was the father of Timothy Bush Jr. Timothy married Deborah House, daughter of John House and Deborah Guild, on 12 April 1759 in Hebron, Connecticut. (Deborah House was born on 6 April 1742 in Lebanon, Connecticut and died about 1819 in Springport, New York.)

Richard Bush

Richard Bush (1696/1697September 27, 1732) was the father of Timothy Bush. He is believed to be the oldest known member of the Bush family in North America. He died in 1732 at Bristol, Rhode Island. Richard married Mary Fairbanks, daughter of Jeremiah Fairbanks and Mary Penfield. Mary Fairbanks was born on 22 August, 1699 and died on 7 May, 1743 in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Connections to other prominent families

Spencer family connections

As a side note, the current Bush family is believed to be descended from the Spencer family that produced Diana, Princess of Wales, which would make George W. Bush a 17th cousin to Prince William of Wales.

Pierce family connections

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), the 14th President of the United States, is related to Barbara Bush (née Pierce), the wife of George H.W. Bush (the 41st) and the mother of George W. Bush (the 43rd).

Kerry family connections

Edmund Reade (1563-1623) married Elizabeth Cooke (before 1578 - about 1637). They had two daughters: Margaret (1598-1672) and Elizabeth (1615-1672). Margaret is a direct lineal ancestor of George W. Bush and Elizabeth is a direct lineal ancestor of John Forbes Kerry, Bush's opponent in the 2004 U.S. Presidental election. Bush and Kerry are first cousins, seven times removed. (from Ancestry.com)

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