Joshua Danforth Bush
6th Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
In office
January 18, 1921 – January 20, 1925
GovernorWilliam D. Denney
Preceded byLewis E. Eliason
Succeeded byJames H. Anderson
Personal details
Born(1868-12-04)December 4, 1868
DiedDecember 4, 1926(1926-12-04) (aged 58)
Political partyRepublican
Parent(s)George W. Bush
Residence(s)Wilmington, Delaware

Joshua Danforth Bush (December 4, 1868 – December 4, 1926)[1] was an American businessman and Republican Party politician who served as the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, from January 18, 1921, to January 20, 1925, under Governor William D. Denney.[2] He resided in Wilmington, Delaware.

Bush was also a wealthy businessman, as a member of one of Delaware's more prominent families. His father, George W. Bush, had inherited the family shipping business from his own father and had expanded it to include a large business in anthracite, coal, and even yellow pine lumber. The company, George W. Bush & Sons, eventually passed the lumber business to J. Danforth Bush's firm, a partnership with Robert B. Rayner. Bush also took on a large role in his father's company. After George W. Bush died in 1900, his sons incorporated their coal and transportation business as the George W. Bush & Sons Company. J. Danforth Bush was made vice president of the company.[3]

Bush was a prominent member of the Delaware Game Protective Association, at one time serving as that organization's vice president for New Castle County.[4] He also served as treasurer[5] and secretary[6] at various times.


  1. ^ Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati; Smith, F. (1931). Memorials of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Priv. print. [Press of Geo. H. Ellis Company]. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  2. ^ Russell S. Pickett. "Delaware's Lieutenant Governors". Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  3. ^ "Full text of "History of the state of Delaware"". Retrieved 2014-12-12.
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  6. ^ "Full text of "American agriculturist year book and almanac"". Retrieved 2014-12-12.
Political offices Preceded byLewis T. Eliason Lieutenant Governor of Delaware 1921-1925 Succeeded byJames H. Anderson