Bush, Prescott Sheldon, 1895-1972

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Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895-1972) was a Connecticut Senator and Wall Street banker. His son, George H. W. Bush, and his grandson, George W. Bush, both were U.S. Presidents. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, on May 15, 1895. Upon graduating from Yale in 1917, Bush served in the United States Army at the end of World War I as a captain of field artillery, seeing battle during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Back home, Bush entered business first with Simmons Hardware Company. He later worked from Stedman Products from 1922 to 1924 in South Baintree, Massachusetts and the U.S. Rubber Company from 1924 to 1926 before settling into a position with W. A. Harriman and Company in New York City. He would remain associated with the Harriman business interests, which merged with Brown Brothers in 1931, for the remainder of his career on Wall Street. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1952 in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Senator Brien McMahon. Elected to a full term in 1956, Bush served until January 3, 1963.

From the description of Bush, Prescott Sheldon, 1895-1972 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10612034

Banker, senator.

From the description of Reminiscences of Prescott Sheldon Bush : oral history, 1966. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86100402

Prescott S. Bush was born May 15, 1895 to Samuel Prescott Bush and Flora Sheldon Bush and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1917 and completed his Army career in 1919. Bush joined the firm of Brown Brothers & Co., becoming a partner in 1930. In 1921 he married Dorothy Walker. 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 decided not to run for re-election in 1961, and died in 1972.

From the description of Prescott S. Bush papers, 1952-1962. (University of Connecticut). WorldCat record id: 45944451

Prescott S. Bush was born on 15 Mary 1895 to Samuel Prescott Bush and Flora Sheldon Bush and was raised in Columbus, Ohio . He 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. In 1921 he married Dorothy Walker . The couple had five children, one of whom, George Herbert Walker Bush, would become the forty-first President of the United States .

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. In 1947, he served as Chairman of the Connecticut Republican State Finance Committee and as Delegate-at-Large to the 1948 Republican National Convention.

Two years after experiencing a close loss in Connecticut 's 1950 senatorial election, Bush defeated Abraham Ribicoff in a run to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Senator Brien McMahon . He was re-elected to the Senate in 1956. During his senatorial career, Bush served as a member of 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.

Bush received national recognition as an advocate of fiscal responsibility in government, and sponsored a price stability amendment to the Employment Act of 1946. He also proposed to give the President the power to veto individual items in appropriations bills, and in bills authorizing federal departments and agencies to borrow from the Treasury. He took special interest in the national urban renewal program, and, following enactment of the Housing Act of 1954, convened a Connecticut Conference on Urban Renewal in Hartford. His work on this issue resulted in twenty-six Connecticut communities receiving over $150 million in federal grants, which gave Connecticut the highest per capita renewal program in the United States .

Another of Senator Bush's major legislative interests was flood and hurricane protection for New England communities. He drafted Public Law 71, the Bush Hurricane Survey Act, enabling Army engineers to develop a new program of community protection against hurricane tidal flooding. Along with Congressman John W. McCormack, the Democratic House Majority Leader, Bush cooperated to enact Public Law 685, the Bush-McCormack Act, which expedited the construction of local flood protection works. In addition, Bush played a leading role in the drafting of the Federal Highway Aid Act of 1956, which authorized the construction of the national system of interstate and defense highways.

While Senator, Bush remained active in the Republican party. In 1956, he served as Chairman for the Resolutions Committee of the Republican National Convention. Four years later, he chaired a subcommittee which drafted the widely acclaimed platform planks on economic growth, business and labor.

During his career, Prescott Bush served as director of several nationally known corporations, including the Columbia Broadcasting System, the Wanadium Corporation of America, and Prudential Insurance . For eight years, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association, serving successively as Secretary, Vice President and President from 1928-1935.

Bush announced his intention not to run for re-election in 1961. He died in 1972.

From the guide to the Prescott S. Bush Papers., undated, 1952-1962., (Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center .)

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creatorOf Hadley, Sarah Louise. Correspondence, 1956. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Malia, Donald, 1917-2000. Donald Malia railroad collection, 1949-1983. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Walker, L. C. (Louis Carlisle), 1875-1963. Louis Carlisle Walker papers, 1881-1963. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Connecticut State Labor Council, AFL-CIO Records, undated, 1909-1991. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
referencedIn Dwight D. Eisenhower Library Oral History Collection. 1962 - 1998. Oral History Transcripts. 1962 - 1998. Oral History Interviews with Prescott Bush
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Roberts, Dennis Joseph, 1903-1994. [Guide to the Dennis J. Roberts papers ] Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
creatorOf Walker, L. C. (Louis Carlisle), 1875-1963. Louis Carlisle Walker papers, 1881-1963. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Robert Abercrombie Lovett papers, 1919-1986 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers of Drew Pearson. 1915 - 1969. Files from the Georgetown Office and Residence
creatorOf Bush, Prescott Sheldon, 1895-1972. Your Senator's report, 1960-1967. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Records of Brown Brothers Harriman, 1696-1973, 1995 (bulk, 1820-1968) @ 2010 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Louis Carlisle Walker papers, 1881-1963 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn George H. W. Bush Papers. 1942 - 2004. Dorothy Walker Bush Materials
referencedIn George H. W. Bush Papers. 1942 - 2004. Prescott Bush Materials
creatorOf Bush, Prescott Sheldon, 1895-1972. Reminiscences of Prescott Sheldon Bush : oral history, 1966. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McCullough, George. Papers, 1934-1954. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn George Howard Edward Smith papers, 1917-1962 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Privateers Field Hockey Papers. 1957 - 1963. Correspondence with Senator Prescott S. Bush
referencedIn Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. Records of Brown Brothers Harriman, 1696-1973, 1995 (bulk 1820-1968). New-York Historical Society Library
creatorOf George H. W. Bush Papers. 1942 - 2004. Prescott Bush Materials
referencedIn Scott, Arthur E., 1917-1976. Arthur E. Scott photograph collection, 1910-1976. George Mason University, Fenwick Library
creatorOf Bush, Prescott S., Jr. Prescott S. Bush, Jr. : commercials , 1982. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
creatorOf Prescott S. Bush Papers., undated, 1952-1962. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
referencedIn Lovett, Robert A. (Robert Abercrombie), 1895-. Robert Abercrombie Lovett papers, 1919-1986 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Records of the Army Staff. 1903 - 2009. Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Military Personnel, Defense Department and Other Government Officials, Royalty, and Heads of State United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Records of Brown Brothers Harriman, 1696-1973, 1995 (bulk, 1820-1968) © 2011 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Bartholomew, Marshall, 1885-1978. The Marshall Bartholomew papers, 1929-1966 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Smith, George Howard Edward, 1898-1962. George Howard Edward Smith papers, 1917-1962 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Prescott Sheldon Bush letters to John Bakeless, 1960-1962 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Justice. 1790 - 2002. Class 51 (Offenses against Public Justice, Bribery and Perjury) Litigation Case Files
referencedIn Smith, George H. E. (George Howard Edward), 1898-1962. George Howard Edward Smith papers, 1917-1962 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn David Hoffman Papers. 1979 - 1993. Biographical Files
referencedIn Publicity photographs of U.S. Senator Hugh Scott, 1958-1973. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Bartholomew, Marshall, 1885-1978. The Marshall Bartholomew papers, 1929-1966 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Bush, Prescott Sheldon, 1895-1972. Prescott S. Bush papers, 1952-1962. University of Connecticut, Homer Babbidge Library
referencedIn Arthur E. Scott photograph collection, 1910-1976 George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
referencedIn Dennis J. Roberts papers, Roberts (Dennis J.) papers, 1927-1972 Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn The Marshall Bartholomew Papers, 1929-1966 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf George H. W. Bush Papers. 1942 - 2004. World War II Correspondence
creatorOf Lyndon Baines Johnson Archives Collection. 1931 - 1968. Congressional Correspondence Files
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Connecticut
Connecticut
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United States. Congress. Senate. Special Committee on Aging
Hurricane protection
Connecticut--Politics and government--1951-
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services
Investment banking
Hurricane protection--United States
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Banking and Currency
Federal Highway Program (U.S.)
Advertising, political
Bankers--Interviews
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Television advertising
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works
Legislators--Interviews
Disaster relief
United States--Congress--Senate
Banks and banking
Disaster relief--United States
Republican National Convention
Greenwich (Conn.) Town Meeting
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Politicians--Connecticut
Politicians
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Birth 1895-05-15

Death 1972-10-08

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