George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946 to former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush. Although he was born in New Haven, Connecticut, George W. Bush grew up in Texas when his father moved the family there to begin an oil company. The George W. Bush family history extends back to include family members of mostly English descent who settled in Columbus, Ohio. Later sections of the George W. Bush family tree moved away from Ohio, but the family's strong industrial and business roots took hold in Ohio.
George W. Bush's family genealogy includes great-grandfather Samuel Bush, who lived in Columbus and worked his way up to president of Buckeye Steel Castings Company, which manufactured parts for railroads. Samuel Bush took the position after John D. Rockefeller's brother, Frank, retired. This company counted the prominent east coast family Harriman, who controlled several railroads, as a client. Later, George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott, was a vice president for A. Harriman & Co. before it merged with Brown Bros & Co. to form the largest private bank in America.
George W. Bush's family history includes his marriage to Laura Welch, a librarian and teacher, in 1977 after only a three-month courtship. They have twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, born several years later in 1981.
George W. Bush's family history includes politics and entrepreneurship. George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a senator for Connecticut. George W. Bush's brother, Jeb, was the governor of Florida through 2007. Of course, George H.W. Bush enjoyed quite a few political offices, including representing Texas in the House of Representatives, being Ronald Reagan's vice president, and going on to become the 41st president. Being the son of a former president and later becoming a president himself, George H.W. Bush accomplished a feat which was only done one other time by John Quincy Adams. George W. Bush began his political career as the governor of Texas before getting elected as the 43rd president and serving two terms.
Another part of George W. Bush's family genealogy is his great-grandmother Lucretia Wear Walker, who is related to the descendants of the French Huguenots, or French protestants that experienced horrific treatment from the Catholics during the Middle Ages. In 1700, ancestors fled to America and this part of the George W. Bush family tree ended up producing Dorothy Walker, George W. Bush's grandmother. George W. Bush's sister and her great-grandmother's namesake, Dorothy, was the first to get married at Camp David, when she wed her second husband and aide to House democratic leader Richard Gephardt, Robert P. Koch. Robert Koch is also the president of the Wine Institute with equity in the Central European Distribution Corporation, which manufactures vodka in Poland.
George W. Bush's family tree includes his marriage to Laura Bush and their daughters, Jenna and Barbara. Laura Bush, like her mother-in-law Barbara Bush, is an avid reader and promoted family literacy programs while George W. Bush was governor and president. Jenna Bush Hager, like her mother, became a teacher and also wrote a nonfiction book from her experiences volunteering for UNICEF in Latin America. Jenna's husband, Henry Hager, is the son of another politician, John Henry Hager. John Hager was the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002, and subsequently the assistant secretary for the United States Department of Education. Also, he caught polio from the live virus vaccine used on his son and is in a wheelchair, which he uses to compete in wheelchair races. This also made him the first disabled person elected to office in Virginia.
George W. Bush's family history includes descriptions of his political accomplishments as a governor and president. George W. Bush's time as Texas governor was committed to cutting taxes, reforming welfare, improving education and fighting crime. He helped reduce domestic violence during his tenure through the funding of drug and abuse awareness organizations. He was the first governor to serve two consecutive four-year terms in office. His success led him to run for president. Unfortunately, 9/11 occurred, and George W. Bush's initial plans were derailed as he focused on that tragedy. The ensuing war and economic recession that lasted continued through his presidency marred his popularity, which was once high. He still managed to instill one of the highest tax cuts in history and created the No Child Left Behind Act. George W. Bush also signed the Medicare Act of 2003, which helped pay for prescription drugs. Since his time in office, George W. Bush has settled back in Texas with Laura Bush and maintains a fairly low profile.
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