Prescott Sheldon Bush

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Prescott Sheldon Bush was born May 15, 1895, in Columbus (Franklin County), Ohio, and died October 8, 1972, in New York City. Prescott married Dorothy Walker on August 6, 1921, in Kennebunkport (York County), Maine.[1]

Prescott's parents were Samuel Prescott Bush, born October 4, 1863, in Brick Church, New Jersey (died February 8, 1948, in Columbus, Ohio). Samuel married Flora Sheldon on June 20, 1894, in Columbus. Flora was born March 17, 1872, in Franklin, Ohio (died September 4, 1920) in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.[2]

Prescott S. Bush "received a B.A. from Yale University in 1917 and completed his Army career in 1919. Bush joined the firm of Brown Brothers and Company became a partner in 1930 ... A resident of Greenwich, CT, Bush was elected as a member of its representative town meeting. In 1933 he was elected as moderator, a post to which he was re-elected until his election to the United States Senate in 1952. Bush announced his intention not to run for re-election in 1961."[3]

Prescott S. Bush was the first in a line of Bush men who were tapped at Yale University to become members of the Skull & Bones Society. Prescott was followed by his son George Herbert Walker Bush and grandson George Walker Bush.

Timeline: Political Dynasty from CBSNews

  • 1950 Prescott Bush loses Connecticut's 1950 senatorial election in a tight race.
  • 1952 Prescott Bush defeats Abraham Ribicoff in a run to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Senator Brian McMahon.
  • 1956 Prescott Bush is re-elected to the Senate. During his career, Bush was on the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, the Senate Committee on Public Works, the Committee on Armed Services, a congressional Joint Economic Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging.
  • 1961 Prescott Bush says he will not run for re-election.
  • 1972 Prescott Bush dies of lung cancer at age 77. [4]

Prescott Bush Dinner: "the state [of Connecticut] Republican Party's annual fund-raiser."[5]


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