The Children of George H.W. Bush

Barbara Pierce was George Herbert Walker Bush’s first wife, whom he married in 1945. Three years later, he graduated from Yale University and relocated to West Texas with his family, where Bush started a successful career in the oil sector. They steered one of the most amazing presidential families in American history, one that looked to have the makings of a political dynasty via their solid and dedicated marriage.

In this article, they get to know their children better.

George Walker Bush

Portrait of George W. Bush

George H. W. Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush’s eldest child was born on July 6, 1946, while his father was a Yale University student. When he was two years old, his family relocated to West Texas, eventually settling in Ohio Avenue in Midland. George went to Sam Houston Elementary School and San Jacinto Junior High School and started but not finished Kincaid High School. He attended Phillips Andover Academy from 1961 to 1964. While he did not excel academically or athletically, his peers were well-liked for his sociability and sense of humor.

After that, Bush attended Yale University, where he majored in history.

From 1968 until 1974, George W. Bush was a member of the Texas Air National Guard, where he rose to the rank of the first lieutenant and flew an F-102 jet fighter. In 1975, Bush earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Bush was primarily preoccupied with business at this time, as his effort to enter Congress in 1978 was unsuccessful. In 1994, Bush was elected governor of Texas, and he was re-elected in a landslide in 1998. He served as President of the United States for two terms from 2001 to 2009.

Pauline Robinson Bush

Portrait of Pauline Bush

As she was known, Robin Bush was born on December 20, 1949, during her parents’ brief stay in Compton, California. Robin was a loving, gregarious, and lively child. In 1953, though, she began to complain of boredom. Her parents took her to the doctor, who informed them that she had leukemia, which was incurable.

Despite this, Robin’s parents did everything to preserve her life before she died on October 11, 1953. George H. W. and Barbara Bush’s grief over the loss of their beloved daughter would last the rest of their lives, inspiring the Bush family to establish the Bright Star Foundation for cancer research.

John Ellis Bush

Portrait of Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, known by his initials, was born on February 11, 1953, in Midland, Texas. He didn’t remember much of the Ohio Avenue home where he and George, Jr. spent their early years because they relocated to Houston in 1959.

He met Columba Garnica Gallo, the daughter of a poor agricultural family subjected to horrific familial abuse, there. They married in 1974, although Jeb had shifted his life trajectory long before that. He graduated from Andover on the honor roll and then went to the University of Texas at Austin, breaking with family tradition.

Following graduation, Jeb Bush accepted a position with Texas Commerce Bank and relocated to Caracas, Venezuela, with his family. In 1979, he returned to Houston and subsequently relocated to Miami, Florida, where he continued to pursue business while also supporting his father’s political career.

He was elected governor in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002. However, his candidacy for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in the 2016 primaries failed, forcing him to return to his illustrious business career.

Neil Mallon Bush

Portrait of Neil Bush

Neil Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Tulane University and an MBA from the university’s Freeman School of Business. Despite his education, Neil Bush is best known for his business failures, specifically the fall of Colorado’s Silverado Savings and Loan, where he served as a director. The bank went bankrupt in 1988, costing the federal government $1 billion and becoming a well-known aspect of the late 1980s savings and loan crisis.

In 2010, he became the founding chairman of TXOil; an international energy firm focused on exploration in former Soviet republics such as Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Marvin Pierce Bush

Portrait of Marvin Bush

Marvin was born in Midland, Texas, on October 22, 1956, and was named after his maternal grandfather, Marvin Pierce. He graduated in 1975 from Virginia’s Woodberry Forest School. Marvin went to the University of Virginia, earned a B.A. in English, and joined the Delta Phi fraternity. Marvin spent most of his vacations and summers at the Bush family estate.

He worked for HCC Insurance Holdings as a director. HCC, previously Houston Casualty Firm, is a New York Stock Exchange-listed insurance company.

Bush endorsed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson over Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. He claimed that Clinton was untrustworthy because of many scandals, citing Trump’s negativity as an example.

Bush previously backed his brother, Jeb Bush, in the Republican primary, but he lost. His statement was in line with his family’s general anti-Trump stance. However, during the Republican primaries, another Bush brother, Neil Bush, joined the Ted Cruz campaign finance staff.

Dorothy Walker Bush

portrait of Dorothy Bush

Dorothy Walker Bush was born in Harris County, Texas, on August 18, 1959. She was named after her paternal grandmother. Bush attended Miss Porter’s Institution in Farmington, Connecticut, a private all-girls college preparatory school.

She became the first child to be publicly baptized in the People’s Republic of China in 1975, on a visit to Beijing, since the government banned foreign religious rituals in 1949.

In 1982, she graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Bush works for charities and other nonprofit groups as an event planner and fundraiser. With her brother Jeb, she co-chairs the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She has also raised money for her brother’s presidential bids as a pioneer fundraiser.

She is the author of My Father, My President: A Personal Account of George H. W. Bush’s Life, published in 2006.

Her father’s namesake, the USS George H.W. Bush, was commissioned due to her efforts. She handed the first commands to the ship’s company on January 10, 2009, in Norfolk, Virginia.