20. Apr, 2019

BLOG 42-GEORGE W. BUSH-WHO WAS HE?

If I mention the name George W. Bush, who would you think of????????

George Bush, born in 1946, 43rd president of the United States, who took office after one of the closest and most disputed elections in U.S. history. When he took office, George Walker Bush, son of former president George Herbert Walker Bush, became the first son to follow his father into the White House since John Quincy Adams followed John Adams in the early 19th century. Bush, a Republican, was also the first presidential candidate since Benjamin Harrison in 1888 to win the electoral vote, and thus the presidency, while losing the nationwide popular vote.

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George W. Bush

Lt. George W. Bush, 34th Infantry Regiment USCT, Union Army, 1863.

Born      October 4, 1842

                West Hills, Huntington, New York

Died       November 18, 1927 (aged 85)

Place of burial

                Huntington Rural Cemetery Long Island, New York

Allegiance

                (Union) United States of America

Service/branch

                 United States Army-Union Army

Years of service

1861 - 1865

 Rank

                 Captain

Unit

                34th Infantry Regiment USCT

Battles/wars

                 American Civil War

Awards

                 Medal of Honour

 

George Washington Bush (October 4, 1842 – November 18, 1927) was an American soldier, dentist, physician and politician. He served as a captain of a black company in the 34th Infantry Regiment U.S. Coloured Troops in the Union Army during the American Civil War and received the Medal of Honour. After the war he became first a dentist and then a physician. He was elected to the New York State Assembly and then the State Senate. As chairman of the Senate Health Committee he helped establish the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Saranac Lake.

George W. Bush was born in West Hills, Huntington, New York in 1842. He was born in the family farmhouse that is still standing and occupied today. He left to live in Brooklyn at the age of 17. He worked in a dry goods store for $2.00 per week. Two years later when the Civil War began he was among the first to volunteer.

On August 13, 1861 George joined the 48th New York Regiment as a private and fought at the capture of Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard. On June 6, 1863 he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and volunteered to serve with the newly formed 34th USCT Infantry Regiment made up of black slaves from South Carolina. He was among the first group of white officers to command a unit of all black troops. By 1865, he was a captain commanding a full company of the 34th Regiment.

After the war, Bush became a Companion of the Massachusetts Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. He was also a Compatriot of the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Medal of Honour

The 34th Infantry Regiment was ordered on May 24, 1864 on an expedition to Asheepo River, South Carolina to burn a railroad trestle across a marsh at that point. About 400 members of the black regiment were loaded onto the troop steamer Boston, including 1st Lieutenant George W. Bush and the men of his company. The men had been ferried out to the Boston by small boats and one was fastened to the ships stern. Sailing down the Asheepo River in fog and darkness the ship became stranded upon an oyster bed. The Confederates planted a battery of guns on the river bank and began shelling the Boston. Lieutenant Bush quickly assembled four volunteers and began transporting men from the Boston to shore with the one small boat available. His Medal of Honour citation reads as follows "voluntarily commanded a boat crew, which went to the rescue of a large number of Union soldiers on board the stranded steamer Boston, and with great gallantry succeeded in conveying them to shore, being exposed during the entire time to heavy fire from a Confederate battery". Instrumental in attaining the Medal of Honour for Lieutenant Bush were the efforts of the unit's Chaplain Homer W. Moore.

 

Post War

After the war, Bush returned to Brooklyn and became a dentist. After several years as a dentist he entered Long Island College Hospital Medical School from which he graduated in 1876. He had a long and successful medical practice in Brooklyn.

State legislator

Doctor Bush was very active in Brooklyn civic and political affairs. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Kings Co., 7th D.) in 1895; and a member of the New York State Senate (4th D.) from 1896 to 1898, sitting in the 119th, 120th and 121st New York State Legislatures. He was chairman of the Senate Health Committee and helped to establish the New York State Tubercolosis Sanitarium at Saranac Lake.

He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.

Family life and death

George Bush had married Alice Bowers in Huntington in 1865 while home on leave. Alice sailed from New York to Florida to join Bush seven weeks after the wedding. The steamship was caught in a storm off Cape Hatteras and sank with all on board being lost. In 1868 Bush married Marie Bowers, Alice's younger sister. They were married for fifty-eight years and had one child, a son named Herbert.  Doctor Bush died on November 16, 1927 and is buried in the Huntington Rural Cemetery in Suffolk County in Long Island, New York.