George Herbert Walker Jr.

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Person.png George Herbert Walker Jr.  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(businessman)
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BornNovember 24, 1905
DiedNovember 29, 1977 (Age 72)
Parents • George Herbert Walker
• Lucretia "Loulie" (Wear) Walker
ChildrenGeorge Herbert Walker III
SpouseMary Carter
Member ofSkull and Bones
"Uncle Herbie" had close relations with later US President George Herbert Walker Bush

George Herbert "Bert" Walker Jr. was an American businessman. He was the uncle of US President George Herbert Walker Bush, with whom he had close relations.

"Uncle Herbie" helped George Bush get into the oil business in the 1950s.

Early life

George Herbert Walker Jr. was born on November 24, 1905. His father was George Herbert Walker, a wealthy American businessman. His mother was Lucretia "Loulie" (Wear) Walker (1874–1961), daughter of James H. Wear. His elder sisters were Nancy Walker, and Dorothy Walker Bush.

Walker graduated from Yale University. He became a member of the Skull and Bones society at Yale in 1927, as were his brother-in-law Prescott Bush (S&B 1917); brothers Dr. John Mercer Walker Sr. (S&B 1931) and Louis Walker (S&B 1936); and his nephew, the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush (S&B 1947); and Bush's son (therefore George's great-nephew), the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush (S&B 1968).[1]

Business career

"Uncle Herbie" helped George Bush get into the oil business in the 1950s.

Walker Jr. was director of the Cuban-Dominican sugar companies that merged in 1942 into West Indies Sugar, which was nationalized by Fidel Castro in 1959.[2]

Walker was an original owner of the New York Mets, a team which he co-founded in 1960 with Joan Whitney Payson.[3]

Personal life

He married Mary Carter (20 November 1905 – 5 September 1998) on October 29, 1927. They had three children, one of whom was George Herbert Walker III, the former United States Ambassador to Hungary. His nephew George H. W. Bush, served as the 41st President of the United States.



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