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George H.W. Bush’s Ties to CT Ran Deep

December 3, 2018 By Staff
George H.W. Bush’s Ties to CT Ran Deep

The 41st president of the United States, who passed away at 94 on Friday, grew up in Connecticut, attended Yale University, and fathered the only U.S. president ever born in Connecticut.

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and a distinguished veteran and public servant, passed away on Friday at the age of 94. He was the son of a U.S. senator and the father of another president.

But Bush also had significant ties to Connecticut. Bush’s father, Prescott Sheldon Bush, was a U.S. senator in the state from November 1952 through December 1962, or about 10 years. Prescott Bush is buried at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich.

George H.W. Bush himself grew up in Greenwich, and “attended private schools there and in Andover, Massachusetts.”

He attended Yale University in New Haven, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in economics. Bush even played baseball at Yale. Baseball Reference notes he “was not much of a hitter (he hit .224 with 1 homer in 76 games), but was an outstanding fielder.”

Bush also fathered the only U.S. president born in Connecticut: George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, was born in New Haven.

The Hartford Courant has a touching editorial tribute to George H.W. Bush published on Saturday. Read it here.