Compatriot Presidents of the United States

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The Sons of the American Revolution is proud of its compatriot Presidents of the United States.  We honor these Compatriots who used their position as President to build a better America.  Each remembered the founding of this great nation and the role of his Revolutionary War ancestor in making American the beacon of liberty and justice of all.
 
Three Presidents, George Washington, James Monroe, and Andrew Jackson actually served during the Revolutionary War.
 
Six Presidents were real sons of Revolutionary War Patriots.  These included John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, IV; Zachary Taylor, and Franklin Pierce.
 
Five Presidents were grandsons of Revolutionary War Patriots.  These included:  James Knox Polk, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Chester A. Arthur, and Grover Cleveland.  
 
President James A. Garfield was the great grandson of a Revolutionary War Patriot.  President Richard M. Nixon was the great great grandson of a Patriot.  
 
As of the date of this article (before the 2012 elections) there have been 16 Presidents of the United States who were also Compatriots.  The Winter 2001 issue of The SAR Magazine featured the Presidents with details of their backgrounds, including information about their Revolutionary War ancestors.  When President George W. Bush became President and a member of the Society the magazine carried a major news story that included a photo of him receiving his Membership Certificate.

 

Compatriot Presidents of the United States of America

  1. Rutherford Birchard Hayes  (19th President of the US)
  2. Benjamin Harrison (23rd President of the US)
  3. William McKinley, Jr.  (25th President of the US)
  4. Theodore Roosevelt  (26th President of the US)
  5. William Howard Taft  (27th President of the US)
  6. Warren Gamaliel Harding  (29th President of the US)
  7. (John) Calvin Coolidge, Jr.  (30th President of the US)
  8. Herbert Clark Hoover  (31st President of the US)
  9. Franklin Delano Roosevelt  (32nd President of the US)
  10. Harry S. Truman  (33rd President of the US)
  11. Dwight David Eisenhower  (34th President of the US)
  12. Lyndon Baines Johnson  (36th President of the US)
  13. Gerald Rudolph Ford  (38th President of the US)
  14. James (Jimmy) Earl Carter, Jr.  (39th President of the US)
  15. George Herbert Walker Bush  (41st President of the US)
  16. George Walker Bush  (43rd President of the US)

Clicking on a Compatriot President takes you to a detailed Page about the President and his time in the SAR.

 


Sources:

Centennial History of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution 1889 – 1989, Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, KY.  Copyright 1991 NSSAR Louisville, KY.

The History of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, by John St. Paul, Jr., Historian General and Assisted by Stuart O. Landry.  Published by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Louisville, KY.  Originally published in 1962.  Copyright in 1962 by Stuart O. Landry.  Reprinted in 1982 with permission.

The Sons of the American Revolution, NSSAR History, Volume III, 1983-1999 An Historical Anthology,  Edited by Robert F. Jackson, Historian General, and Garrett F. Jackson, Commander NSSAR Color Guard.  Published by John Frederick Hopkins Lowewe, CASSAR.  Published by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Louisville, KY.  Copyright 2000 NSSAR Louisville, KY.

United States of America’s Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients and Their Official Citations, Fifth Edition, Highland House II, Columbia Heights, MN, Copyrighted 2006.

“Former U.S. President Bush Receives SAR Membership,” The SAR Magazine, Summer 2001, Vol. XCVI, No.1.  National Society Sons of the American Revolution.  Page 13.

“Texas Compatriot Bush Elected U.S. President,” The SAR Magazine, Winter 2001, vol. XCV, No.3.  National Society Sons of the American Revolution.  pp 4-7.

The Sons of the American Revolution, NSSAR History Membership Directory - 2006, Copyright 2006.  The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Louisville, KY.

 

Compatriot President: Ulysses Simpson Grant

Ulysses GrantUlysses Simpson Grant

   

18th President of the US

Ulysses S. Grant served two terms from 1869 to 1877 as the 18th President.  He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant in a log cabin in Point Pleasant, OH, on April 27, 1822.  Grant’s grandfather and Revolutionary War ancestor was Captain Noah Grant III.  He “was present at the battle of Bunker Hill.  He served until the fall of Yorktown, or through the entire Revolutionary war.  He must, however, have been on furlough part of the time—as I believe most of the soldiers of that period were—for he married in Connecticut during the war, had two children, and was a widower at the close.”  (U.S. Grant’s Personal Memoirs).

At the age of 17, Grant entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  In 1843 Grant graduated 21st in a class of 39.  The papers nominating him for the academy showed his name as Ulysses S. Grant – his mother’s name was Simpson.  (Grant would continue to use this name as he didn’t want to be known by his initials, H.U.G.)  Now with a name of U.S. Grant, the U.S. could also stand for "Uncle Sam," Grant's nickname became "Sam" among his army colleagues.

Ulysses S. Grant rose to international fame as the Commanding General of the Union Army in the Civil War.  In 1868, Grant was nominated at the Republican National Convention and elected President.  Grant was the first president to serve for two full terms in 40 years since Andrew Jackson.  He entered the White House at age 46, the youngest man yet elected president.

Ulysses S. Grant died in Mount McGregor, NY, on July 23, 1885, at the age of 63.  He is buried beside his wife in Grants Tomb in New York City - the largest mausoleum in North America.

 

Compatriot President: Rutherford Birchard Hayes

President Rutherford HayesRutherford Birchard Hayes   

 

19th President of the US 

 

 

Rutherford B. Hayes served for one term from 1877 to 1881 as the 19th President.  He was born in Delaware, OH, on October 4, 1822 and graduated from Harvard Law School.  At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the Union Army, was wounded five times and rose to the rank of Major General.  He served in the House of Representatives and served as Governor of Ohio for three terms.  The nation was still suffering from the pangs of the Civil War when he became President.  One of his first actions was to withdraw Federal troops from the Southern States.  Compatriot Hayes enjoyed being President but disliked politics and chose not to run for a second term.  
 
President Hayes was very proud of his ancestry, especially his Revolutionary War ancestors.  He became an early member of the SAR.  President Hayes died in Fremont, OH, on January 1893.
 

Compatriot President: Benjamin Harrison

President Benjamin HarrisonBenjamin Harrison

 

23rd President of the US

 

Benjamin Harrison served for one term from 1889 to 1893 as the 23rd President.  He was born on August 20, 1833, at his grandfather’s farm near North Bend, OH.  He was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the US, and great grand-son of Benjamin Harrison, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Benjamin Harrison’s term as President came between the two terms of Grover Cleveland.  
 
The New Jersey Society SAR was organized on March 7, 1889 in Newark, NJ, and many patriotic men answered the recruiting bugle.  The first public activity of the new Society was on April 29, 1889, at Elizabeth, NJ, when President Harrison visited Elizabeth on his journey to New York City for the Centennial ceremonies of George Washington’s Inauguration as the first President.  At a reception by NJ Governor Green at his home the individual members of the new Society were presented to the President.  Later the Society members served as an Honor Escort for the President from the Governor’s residence to the wharf where he boarded a barge for New York City.
 
President Harrison’s wife, Caroline Scott Harrison, was elected as the first President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Caroline Harrison and Rutherford B. Hayes’s wife, Lucy Webb Hayes, were cousins.  President Hayes died in Indianapolis, IN, on March 13, 1901 at the age of 67.  He is buried in Indianapolis, IN.
 
Harrison has had numerous institutions named in his honor:  The Benjamin Harrison Law School in Indianapolis, a 1942 United States Liberty ship named the SS Benjamin Harrison, and a US Army post, Fort Benjamin Harrison, in Indianapolis.
 
 

Compatriot President: William McKinley, Jr.

President William MckinleyWilliam McKinley, Jr.

 

25th President of the US 

 

 

William McKinley was twice elected and served from 1897 to 1901 as the 25th President.  He was born in Niles, OH, on January 29, 1843, attended Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, and volunteered for the Union Army in the Civil War.  He distinguished himself in action, rising to the rank of major.  William McKinley was the last veteran of the Civil War to be elected President.  He later was graduated from the Albany Law School.
 
McKinley served in the House of Representatives, later was elected Governor of Ohio, and became a national figure.  In 1896 he was nominated at the Republican National Convention and elected President by a large plurality.
 
President McKinley died in Buffalo, NY, on September 14, 1901 at the age of 58, of wounds received in an assassination attempt eight days after being shot.  Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded President McKinley.  McKinley is buried in Canton, OH.

 

Compatriot President: Theodore Roosevelt

President Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt

 

26th President of the US

 

Theodore Roosevelt became our 26th President of the US with the death of President William McKinley in 1901.  At the age of 42 years, he was the youngest man to become President.  Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 27, 1858.  He graduated from Harvard and attended law school.  In the War with Spain led a daring charge up San Juan Hill and later received the Medal of Honor.  In 1905 President Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the peace treaty between Russia and Japan.
 
Theodore Roosevelt joined the SAR on April 10, 1898, while Governor of  New York.  His Revolutionary War ancestor was Jacobus Roosevelt who served as a Captain in the New York Militia and who died in 1777.  Jacobus Roosevelt’s son, Jacobus I. Roosevelt, served as a Commissary for the entire war.  
 
President Roosevelt died at Oyster Bay, NY on January 16, 1919 at the age of 60.  He is buried in Youngs Memorial Cemetery in Oyster Bay, NY.

Compatriot President: William Howard Taft

President TaftWilliam Howard Taft

 

27th President of the US

 

William Howard Taft served one term as our 27th President of the US.  He was born in Cincinnati, OH, on September 15, 1857.  William H. Taft graduated from Yale and the University of Cincinnati Law School.  He became the 5th US Solicitor General in 1890.  In 1901 he became the first Civil Governor of the Philippines.  In 1904 President Roosevelt nominated him to be Secretary of War.  In 1906 he became the first Provisional Governor of Cuba.  Three years later in 1909 William H. Taft became President Taft.
 
After leaving the White House, Taft became a law professor at Yale.  In 1921 President Harding appointed Compatriot Taft Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  He died one month after his retirement from the US Supreme Court on March 8, 1930 in Washington, DC at the age of 72.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, VA.

Compatriot President: Warren Gamaliel Harding

President Warren HardingWarren Gamaliel Harding

 

29th President of the US

 

Warren G. Harding was born near Blooming Grove, OH, on November 2, 1865.  He was graduated from Ohio Central College and went into newspaper work.  Soon he entered politics and because a state senator in 1899.  Four years later he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.  In 1910 he ran for Governor but lost.  In 1914 he was elected to the United States Senate, becoming Ohio's first senator elected by popular vote.  He served in the Senate from 1915 until his inauguration as President on March 4, 1921, becoming the first sitting Senator to be elected President of the United States.
 
Warren Harding joined the Ohio Society on July 2, 1920.  He was a descendant of Abraham Harding, Jr., who resided in Walhill, NY, at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.  Abraham Harding, Jr., served as a Lieutenant in the New York Militia.  President Harding was invited to attend the 34th SAR National Congress to be held in Nashville, TN.
 
President Harding was the sixth President to die while in office.  While traveling on a “Voyage of Understanding” he was in San Francisco, CA, and died on August 2, 1923 at the age of 57.  He is buried in Marion, OH.

Compatriot President: Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

President Coolidge(John) Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

 

30th President of the US

 

 

Following the death of President Harding, Vice President Calvin Coolidge was sworn in by his father, a Justice of the Peace, in Plymouth Notch, VT.  He was the sixth Vice President to become the Chief Executive on the death of a President.  Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872 in Plymouth, VT.  He was later elected to a full term as President.  Although named John Calvin Coolidge he dropped the John as he preferred a single name.
Coolidge graduated with honors from Amherst College in 1895.  In his senior year he wrote an essay on “The Principles Fought for in the American Revolution: and was awarded a Gold Medal by the National Society.  
 
Calvin Coolidge joined the SAR in 1921 while serving as Vice President.  His Revolutionary ancestor was John Coolidge, who at the age of 19 answered the call on April 1775, joined the Massachusetts Militia as a private.  He fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and was discharged in 1778.
 
The 39th SAR Annual Congress was held in Washington, DC.  Many of the delegates and their ladies marched from the Mayflower Hotel to the White House to be received by Compatriot President Coolidge.  The President briefly spoke to the group and greeted many personally.  
 
After the presidency, Coolidge served as chairman of the Railroad Commission, as honorary president of the Foundation of the Blind, as a director of New York Life Insurance Company, and as a trustee of Amherst College.  President Coolidge died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Northampton, MA, on January 5, 1933, at age 60.  He is buried in Notch Cemetery, Plymouth Notch, VT.

Compatriot President: Herbert Clark Hoover

President Herbert HooverHerbert Clark Hoover

 

31st President of the US

 

 

Herbert C. Hoover served one term as our 31st President from 1929 to 1933.  Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, IA, on August 10, 1874.  He was orphaned at an early age and lived with an uncle in Oregon.  In 1891, Hoover graduated from Stanford University.  He pursued mining engineering in many parts of the world – Australia, Africa, and China.  While in China he directed food relief operations for victims of the Boxer Rebellion.
 
When World War I began, Hoover was a wealthy mining engineer.  He was appointed Chairman of the American Relief Commission, then Chairman of the Commission for Belgium Relief, and then US Food Administrator.  He was recognized as a great humanitarian and an excellent administrator.
 
Herbert Hoover’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Jacobus Wynne, a private in the first Regiment, Ulster County Militia, New York Troops.  Another ancestor was Isaac Sherman, Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of the New York Line.  On November 1, 1928, President Hoover accepted an invitation to join the Pennsylvania Society of the SAR.  He visited the SAR National Headquarters on 16th Street to be inducted into membership.
 
Hoover served in both President Harding’s cabinet and President Coolidge’s cabinet.  When Coolidge chose not to run for re-election, Herbert Hoover was elected President.  Hoover worked conscientiously at being a good President and is wrongly judged because of the Great Depression.  In 1929 the stock market crashed and the economy collapsed.  There was widespread unemployment.  Hoover was defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 
At the conclusion of World War II President Truman appointed Hoover as Coordinator of the European Food Program.  Later, he was appointed Chairman of the Commission to Reorganize the Executive Branch.  
 
Hoover died in New York City on October 20, 1964, at the age of 90.  31 years and seven months after leaving office.  President Hoover is buried at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa.

Compatriot President: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

President FDRFranklin Delano Roosevelt

 

32nd President of the US

 

 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to four terms as our Chief Executive – longer than any other President (1935 - 1945).  He was born at Hyde Park, NY, on January 30, 1882.  He was President during the Great Depression and most of World War II.
 
Roosevelt’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Isaac Roosevelt who served as a private in the 6th Regiment, Dutchess County Militia, New York Troops.  
 
On June 14, 1931, Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Governor of New York, attended the SAR Flag Day ceremonies and “Descendants Day” on the village green adjoining St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the quaint village of Eastchester, NY.  Many members along with the Color Guard of the New York Chapter of the Empire State Society attended.  Theodore Roosevelt’s and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ancestor was an original pew holder and vestryman of the church.  The church’s bell, prayer book, Bible, and chalice had been secretly buried during the Revolutionary War.  The bell hangs in the belfry today, and the books and chalice are displayed on special occasions.  
 
On April 20, 1933, President General Frederick W. Millspaugh and General Fries called at the White House to inform the President that his SAR Membership had been approved.  Two of President Roosevelt’s sons joined the SAR:  Colonel James Roosevelt and Congressman Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.
 
One month prior to the surrender of Germany, and less than three months after being elected to his fourth term, President Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage at Warm Springs, GA, on April 12, 1945, at the age of 63.  Roosevelt is buried at the family home at Hyde Park, NY.
 

Compatriot President: Harry S. Truman

President Harry TrumanHarry S. Truman

 

33rd President of the US

 

 

As Vice President, Harry S. Truman became the 33rd President from 1945 to 1954 succeeding Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Truman was born in Lamar, MO, on May 8, 1884.  He was working on the family farm at the outbreak of World War I when his National Guard unit was called to active duty.  He saw action in France and was discharged as a Captain.  
 
After the war, Truman operated a clothing store in Kansas City, MO, which failed.  He then entered politics and was elected county judge.  In 1934 he was a US Senator from Missouri.  He served effectively in the Senate until he was selected as the Vice President Candidate for President Roosevelt’s fourth term.  
 
Upon completing his second term in office in 1953, President Truman returned to Independence, MO, and wrote his memoirs.
 
Harry Truman’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Lieutenant James Holmes of the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Militia, who served from 1777 to 1781.  
 
At Truman’s home in Independence, MO, President General Lee Young Smith presented the former President with his membership certificate, the SAR Membership Insignia Badge, and the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal.  
 
President Truman died in Kansas City, MO, on December 26, 1972 at the age of 88.  He is buried at the Truman Library in Independence, MO.
 

Compatriot President: Dwight David Eisenhower

President Dwight EisenhowerDwight David Eisenhower

 

34th President of the US

 

 

Dwight David Eisenhower served two terms as the 34th President from 1953 to 1961.  He was born in Dennison, TX, on October 14, 1890.  He graduated in the upper half of his class from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1915.  
 
Eisenhower served a career in the US Army culminating as Supreme Commander of all Allied Forces and led the Normandy invasion in 1944.  He was President of Columbia University in 1948.  He returned to active duty in 1950 as Commander of NATO troops.  
 
Eisenhower’s Revolutionary Ancestor was John Peter Eisenhower who furnished supplies to the Continental Army troops during the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge.  Another ancestor was John Matter, a Pennsylvania Militia soldier who fought at the Battle of Long Island.  Thanks to work of the Empire State Society, the General’s application for membership was approved in 1945.  President Eisenhower’s son, John Doud Eisenhower, and his brother Dr. Milton Stover Eisenhower, joined the SAR.  
 
Eisenhower was the Republican Party candidate and was elected President.  He began his first term in 1952 and was re-elected for a second term.  When his term of office was completed, he retired to his farm in Gettysburg, PA. 
 
General of the Army Eisenhower retired as a five-star general.  Today, we are sometimes reminded by commemorative on the signs denoting Interstate Highways as part of the Eisenhower Interstate System, which display five silver stars on a light blue background.
 
President Eisenhower died in Washington, DC, on March 28, 1969, at the age of 78.  He is buried at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, KS.
 

Compatriot President: Lyndon B Johnson

President Lyndon JohnsonLyndon Baines Johnson

 

36th President of the US

 

Lyndon Baines Johnson served as the 37th Vice President of the United States and became the 36th President of the United States (1963 to 1969) following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  He was born in Stonewall, TX, on August 27, 1908.  He graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1930.  With the assistance of his wife, Ladybird Johnson, he developed an extensive enterprise in farming and broadcasting.  In 1937 he entered politics being elected to the first of four terms in the US House of Representatives.  
 
Johnson was the first Congressman to enter active duty when the US entered World War II.  He was discharged as a Lieutenant Commander after four years in the Navy.
 
In 1948 Johnson was elected to the first of two terms as a US Senator.  In 1955 he became the youngest Majority Leader in history.  When President Kennedy ran for office he asked Johnson to be his Vice President.  After completing Kennedy's second term, Johnson was elected President in his own right in a landslide victory in the 1964 Presidential election.
 
Compatriot Johnson’s Revolutionary War ancestor was John Johnson who served as a soldier in the Georgia State Militia.  
 
President Johnson died of a heart attack on his ranch in Stonewall, TX, on January 22, 1973 at the age of 64.  Johnson is buried in the family cemetery now part of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Park in Stonewall, TX.
 
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library is located in Austin, TX.
 
 

Compatriot President: Gerald Rudolph Ford

President Gerald FordGerald Rudolph Ford

 

38th President of the US

 

 

Gerald R. Ford was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1950 and served as a Congressman for 25 years.  He was leader of the House Republicans for eight years.  On October 12, 1973 he was nominated for 40th Vice President by President Richard M. Nixon when Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned.  He was the first person appointed to the office of vice-president under the terms of the 25th Amendment.  Less than a year later on August 9 1974, Ford became President upon Richard Nixon's resignation.  Ford was the fifth President never to have been elected to that position, and the only one never to have won any national election. 
 
Gerald Ford was born in Omaha, NE, on July 14, 1913.  He was a football star at the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor degree.  He graduated from Yale Law School in 1938.  He served as a Naval Officer for four years in World War II and was discharged as a Lieutenant Commander.
 
President Ford’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Ezra Chase who served as a Minuteman in the Massachusetts Militia.  
 
In 1975 President General Graham Clark visited the Oval Office in the White House to present the President with his Membership Certificate (National # 105000), the SAR Membership Badge.  In 1989, the SAR Centennial Year, the former President Gerald R. Ford was presented the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal.
 
President Ford died at Rancho Mirage on December 28, 2006.  He was also the longest-lived president in US history, living until the age of 93.  He is buried at the Gerald Ford Museum and Presidential Library in Grand Rapids, MI
 

Compatriot President: James Earl Carter, Jr.

President Jimmy CarterJames (Jimmy) Earl Carter, Jr.

 

39th President of the US 

 

 

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr. served one term as the 39th President from 1977 to 1981.  He was born in Plains, GA, on October 1, 1924.  He attended Georgia Tech and Georgia Southwestern State University before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1946 and is the only graduate of the Naval Academy to become President.  Carter finished a high 59th out of his Academy class of 820.  Jimmy Carter served on surface warfare ships and qualified for diesel-electric submarines.  He is the only U.S. President to qualify in submarines.
 
Upon the death of his father in 1953, Jimmy Carter resigned his commission and returned home to take over and expand his family business in Plains.  Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate and as the 76th Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975.  As Governor he campaigned and won the election to become the 39th President of the US.
 
President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development” through The Carter Center.  He was the third US President to be awarded the Prize.  The two previous Presidents were Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
 
President Carter’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Perry Scott, who served as a private in Capt. Allen McLane's Company of the Delaware Militia.
 
President Carter is a member of the Georgia Society.  He was presented his Membership Certificate (National # 134672) in 1990.  In 1996, President Carter was presented the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal.  
 
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is located in Atlanta, GA.  It houses President Jimmy Carter's papers and other material relating to his administration and his life.  The library also hosts special exhibits such as a showing of the United States Bill of Rights and Carter's Nobel Peace Prize.
 

Compatriot President: George Herbert Walker Bush

President George H.W. BushGeorge Herbert Walker Bush

 

41st President of the US

George H. W. Bush served two terms as the 41st President from 1989 to 1993.  He was born in Milton, MA on June 12, 1924.  His family moved to Greenwich, CT, shortly after his birth.  George Bush was 18 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.  He joined the Navy and became a naval aviator and was commissioned an Ensign.  He served until the end of the war and then attended Yale University.  Upon graduation in 1948 he moved to Texas and entered the oil business.  He soon entered politics.

 

 
Bush held a number of political positions prior to his presidency, including member of the US House of Representatives, US Ambassador to the United Nations under President Nixon, Chief of US Liaison Office to the People’s Republic of China, Director of the CIA, and Vice President of the United States in the administration of Ronald Reagan.
 
President Bush’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Col. Samuel Herrick, who served with distinction as commander of the Vermont Ranger Militia. 
 
President Bush is a member of the Texas Society and a Texas perpetual member of the Patrick Henry Chapter in Austin, TX.  He was presented his Membership Certificate (National # 155305) in his Houston, TX, office on May 1, 2001. Texas Society, Nathan White, Jr., inducted the former president as a Compatriot.  President General Bruce Butler pinned the SAR rosette on President Bush.  Secretary General B. Rice Aston and several other members of the Paul Carrington Chapter were also present.
 
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on a ninety-acre site on the west campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.  The library contains the papers and memorabilia from his days in public service as well as those of James Danforth "Dan" Quayle former Indiana Senator and the 44th-fourth Vice President of the United.
 

Compatriot President: George Walker Bush

President BushGeorge Walker Bush

 

43rd President of the US

 

 

George W. Bush, son of President George H. W. Bush, is completing his second terms as the 43rd President from January 2001 to 2009.  He was born in New Haven, CT, on July 6, 1946.  He is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School.  Before becoming our president, George W. Bush served as Governor of Texas.
 
President Bush’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Col. Samuel Herrick, who served with distinction as commander of the Vermont Ranger Militia. 
 
In July 1988 George W. Bush received his membership certificate and lapel rosette while he was Governor of Texas.  Like his father, he is a Texas perpetual member of the Patrick Henry Chapter in Austin, TX.