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Prescott Bush
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
November 4, 1952 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by William A. Purtell
Succeeded by Abraham Ribicoff
Personal details
Prescott Sheldon Bush

(1895-05-15)May 15, 1895
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Died October 8, 1972(1972-10-08) (aged 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Dorothy Walker
(m. 1921)
Children Prescott Jr., George, Nancy, Jonathan, Bucky
Parent(s) Samuel P. Bush
Flora Sheldon
Relatives Bush family
Education Yale University (BA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1917–1919
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit 158th Field Artillery Brigade
Battles/wars World War I

Prescott Sheldon Bush (May 15, 1895 – October 8, 1972) was an American banker and politician. After working as a Wall Street executive investment banker, he represented Connecticut in the United States Senate from 1952 to 1963. A member of the Bush family, he was the father of Vice President and President George H. W. Bush, and the paternal grandfather of Texas Governor and President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Bush graduated from Yale College and served as an artillery officer during World War I. After the war, he worked for several companies, becoming a minor partner of the A. Harriman & Co. investment bank in 1931. He served in several high-ranking United States Golf Association offices, including president of that organization. Bush settled in Connecticut in 1925.

Bush won election to the Senate in a 1952 special election, narrowly defeating Democratic nominee Abraham Ribicoff. In the Senate, Bush staunchly supported President Dwight D. Eisenhower and helped enact legislation to create the Interstate Highway System. Bush won re-election in 1956 but declined to seek re-election in 1962, retiring from the Senate the following year.

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