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Sound Shore's Presidential Roots Run Deep With Bush Family

Rye Country Day graduate Barbara Bush campaigning with her son, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, earlier this month in New Hampshire. Photo Credit: @jebbush
An official portrait of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, only the second father and son to serve as president. Photo Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George Washington may not have slept in the area, but another George who became president called it home while he was growing up.

As the nation marks Presidents' Day, the Sound Shore area is remembered as a place near and dear to many presidents of the United States -- but to two in particular.

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, was raised in the Bush family home in Greenwich, Conn., on Grove Lane in the Deerfield Park area off West Putnam Avenue and close to the Greenwich Library. While in the Navy, Bush married Barbara Pierce on Jan. 6, 1945, in Rye. They had met in 1941 during the Christmas holidays at a country club dance in Greenwich. Barbara Pierce attended Rye Country Day from 1931 to 1937.

Bush's father, Prescott, was a U.S. senator from Connecticut from 1952 to 1963. And his son is George W. Bush, the 43rd president.

George H.W. Bush was born in Milton, Mass., but moved as a young child with his family to Greenwich.

He went to Greenwich Country Day School before attending boarding school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. At the age of 18, he volunteered to serve his country after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and he became one of the youngest aviators in the U.S. Navy.

He served with distinction and was rescued by a submarine when his torpedo bomber was shot down after attacking a Japanese-held island.

After the war, Bush attended Yale University in New Haven, where his son, George W. Bush was born on campus in 1946. He remains the only president born in the Nutmeg State.

George H.W. Bush later moved his young family to Texas and made his fortune in the oil business before entering into Republican politics.

He became vice president in 1980 under Ronald Reagan, and followed Reagan as president in 1988. He lost a bid for re-election in 1992 to Bill Clinton, who settled in Chappaqua after his two terms in office.

Jeb Bush, son of the 41st president and brother of the 43rd president, is running for the Republican nomination to run for president in 2016.

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