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Obadiah Bush
Obadiah Newcomb Bush

(1797-01-28)January 28, 1797
DiedFebruary 9, 1851(1851-02-09) (aged 54)
Cape Horn (sea)
Resting placeBuried at sea
Occupation(s)Prospector, businessman
Harriet Smith
(m. 1821)
Children8, including James
Parent(s)Timothy Bush Jr.
Lydia Newcomb
RelativesGeorge H. W. Bush
George W. Bush
See Bush family

Obadiah Newcomb Bush (January 28, 1797 – February 9, 1851) was an American prospector, businessman and ancestor of the Bush political family. He was the father of James Smith Bush, grandfather of business magnate Samuel Prescott Bush, great-grandfather of former U.S. Senator Prescott Bush, great-great-grandfather of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and great-great-great-grandfather of former Texas Governor and U.S. President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Early life

Obadiah Newcomb Bush was born on January 18, 1797, in Penfield, New York. His father, Timothy Bush Jr. (1766–1850), was a blacksmith; his mother was Lydia Newcomb (1763–1835). His paternal grandfather, Capt. Timothy Bush Sr. (1735–1815), was an American Revolution militia captain.[1]

Bush served in the War of 1812.[2]


Bush became a schoolmaster in Rochester, New York.[2] He also served on a committee that nominated candidates for justice of the peace. He and his brother Henry, a manufacturer of stoves, were known abolitionists. He served as vice president of the American Anti-Slavery Society and supported the Underground Railroad.[3] He petitioned the New York State Legislature to secede from the Union in a protest against slavery, after which The Rochester Daily Advertiser accused him of encouraging anarchy.[citation needed] Abigail Bush was the wife of his brother Henry.

In 1849, he travelled to California "with the forty-niners during the gold rush".[4]

Personal life and death

Bush married Harriet Smith (1800–1867) in Rochester, New York on November 8, 1821. They had seven children, among them James Smith Bush.[2] Following his years as a schoolmaster in New York, Bush traveled to the West Coast. Seeking to relocate there permanently, he set out for the East Coast by sea to wrap up his affairs. Bush died some time en route in 1851, and was apparently buried at sea.[5]




  1. ^ Obrock, Paul E. (12 July 2013). "Captain Timothy Bush Sr". Obrock-Larson Genealogy. Archived from the original on 23 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Aikman, David (2004). A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-8499-1811-7. OCLC 54356660.
  3. ^ "American Anti-Slavery Society American Abolitionists and Antislavery Activists". Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  4. ^ Bush, George W. (2014). 41: A Portrait of My Father. London: Ebury Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 9780553447781. OCLC 883645289. His great-great-grandfather Obadiah Bush had traveled west with the forty-niners during the Gold Rush.
  5. ^ Aikman, David (2004). A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush (1st ed.). Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group. p. 17. ISBN 9781418516390.