William H. T. Bush

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William Henry Trotter Bush
Education Hotchkiss School (1956)[1]
Yale University (B.A. 1960)
Parent(s) Prescott Bush
Dorothy Walker Bush
Relatives George H. W. Bush (brother)
George W. Bush (nephew)

William Henry Trotter "Bucky" Bush (born July 14, 1938) is the youngest son of Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush, the youngest brother of former President George H. W. Bush, and the uncle of former President George W. Bush.


Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, he graduated from the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT, in 1956,[1] and earned a BA from Yale University in 1960, where he became a brother of the Psi Upsilon fraternity and was elected to Wolf's Head Society. His great-grandfather James Smith Bush was among the Yale alumni and faculty who help found the society.

Bush resides in St. Louis, Missouri, also the home of his late grandfather George Herbert Walker.


Bush has worked in banking and venture capital, and sits on a number of corporate boards. In 1986 he founded Bush O'Donnell & Co., and remains the CEO of that firm. He has worked on the election campaigns of George H.W., George W., and Jeb Bush, primarily as a fundraiser.

A former president of and director of the St. Louis-based Boatmen's Bancshares from 1978 to 1986 he is active in various St. Louis civic functions including being chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Louis University (1985–92), chairman of the Missouri Botanical Gardens (1991–93) and president of the Municipal Opera Association (The MUNY) (2005–06).[2] "Bucky" is also a director of Maritz, Inc. (performance improvement, travel and management research). Bush served on the former WHN board of directors from January 2002 until WHN's merger with us in November 2004. Bush had been elected a director of WHN upon completion of its merger with RightCHOICE Managed Care, Inc., where Bush had served as a director from April 1994 to January 2002. He served on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri board of directors from 1989 to 1994.[3]

On May 18, 2010, Bush was taken to Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis after collapsing during a WellPoint shareholder's meeting in Indianapolis. Bush is on the board of directors of the company. One of the doctors at the hospital said that Bush was alert and talking and he "felt like he was going to be OK".[4][5]


In 2005, reports emerged that Bush had garnered significant profits from the sale of Engineered Support Systems, a defense contractor working for The Pentagon in Iraq and Afghanistan.[6] Further reports in 2006 corroborated these stock sales in the range of US$1.9 million.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cruice, Valerie (June 23, 1991). "Franklin's Greatest Hits At Early Music Festival". New York Times. Retrieved March 8, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>*a"Mr. Bush, who grew up in Greenwich and graduated from the Hotchkiss School and Yale University, is a bit of a musician himself, he said recently." — ¶ 16
  2. William H.T. (Bucky) Bush – bushodonnell.com – Retrieved January 28, 2008
  3. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/profile/william-bush/
  4. Lee, Daniel (May 18, 2010). "Bush uncle collapses at WellPoint event". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved May 18, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Barras, David (May 18, 2010). "Former President Bush's brother collapses at Wellpoint meeting". WISH-TV. Retrieved June 28, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Company's Work in Iraq Profited Bush's Uncle". Los Angeles Times. February 23, 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/03-06/03-23-06/11world-nation.htm

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