Samuel Bush

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BornSamuel Prescott Bush
October 4, 1863
Essex County, New Jersey, USA
DiedFebruary 8, 1948 (Age 84)
Columbus, Ohio
Alma materStevens Institute of Technology
Parents • James Smith Bush
• Harriet Fay
Children • Prescott Sheldon Bush
• Robert Bush Mary Bush-House
• Margaret Bush-Clement James Smith Bush II
Spouse • Flora Sheldon
• Martha Bell Carter
Member ofBush family
Interests • War Industries Board
• John D. Rockefeller
• E. H. Harriman
Bush family patriarch, from a wealthy background, who got into railroads and then finance.

Samuel Prescott Bush was an American businessman and industrialist. Bush was the patriarch of the Bush political family. He was the father of U.S. Senator Prescott Bush, the paternal grandfather of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and patrilineal great-grandfather of former Texas Governor and President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.


Bush graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology at Hoboken, New Jersey in 1884.


Bush took an apprenticeship with the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad at the Logansport, Indiana shops, later transferring to Dennison, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio, where in 1891 he became Master Mechanic, then in 1894 Superintendent of Motive Power. In 1899, he moved to Milwaukee to take the position of Superintendent of Motive Power with the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.

In 1901, Bush returned to Columbus to be General Manager of Buckeye Steel Castings company, which manufactured railway parts. The company was run by Frank Rockefeller, the brother of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, and among its clients were the railroads controlled by E. H. Harriman. The Bush and Harriman families were to be closely associated from then on. In 1908, Rockefeller retired and Bush became president of Buckeye, a position he would hold until 1927, becoming a wealthy industrialist.

Political prominence

In the spring of 1918, banker Bernard Baruch was asked to reorganize the War Industries Board during World War I, and placed several prominent businessmen to key posts. Bush became chief of the Ordnance, Small Arms, and Ammunition Section, with national responsibility for government assistance to and relations with munitions companies.[1]

Bush served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (as well as of the Huntington National Bank of Columbus).[2] In 1931, he was appointed to Herbert Hoover's President's Committee for Unemployment Relief, chaired by Walter S. Gifford, then-President of AT&T.[3] He was once recommended to serve on the board of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, but Hoover did not feel he was sufficiently known nationally.[2]

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