Prescott Bush
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1895
Date of Death: 1972
Cause of Death: Lung cancer
Occupation: Banker, Businessman, politician
Spouse: Dorothy Walker
Children: Five, including George H. W. Bush
Relatives: George W. Bush (grandson)
Military Branch: United States Army (World War I)
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office(s): United States Senator from Connecticut (1952-1963)
Fictional Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Judge
Political Office(s): Chief Justice of the United States

Prescott Sheldon Bush (May 15, 1895 – October 8, 1972) was an American banker and Republican politician. He was a Wall Street executive banker and a United States Senator, representing Connecticut from 1952 until January 1963. He was the father of George H. W. Bush (41st President of the United States) and the grandfather of George W. Bush (43rd President of the United States) and Jeb Bush (43rd Governor of Florida).

Bush served as an artilleryman during World War I. A member of the Republican Party's progressive wing, Bush was a member of Planned Parenthood and a supporter of the United Negro College Fund. He also became a close political adviser of President Harry Truman during the 1940s. As senator, he supported a number of more progressive policies, including the interstate highway system, and supported flood and hurricane protection legislation.

Prescott Bush in Joe Steele[]

Prescott Bush was appointed Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by President Joe Steele. He succeeded Charles Evans Hughes. Bush wasn't an attorney, but was smart enough not to say "no" to Steele.[1] He administered the oath of office at what proved to be Steele's final inauguration on January 20, 1953.[2]

Later that year, Bush presided over President John Nance Garner's impeachment trial and conviction. To assist him, he had an Associate Justice who knew the law help him through the process, which ultimately saw Garner's removal.[3]


  1. Joe Steele, pg. 403, HC.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid., pg. 432.
Political offices
Preceded by
William Purtell
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Connecticut
November 5, 1952 – January 3, 1963
Succeeded by
Abraham A. Ribicoff
Political offices
(Joe Steele)
Preceded by
Charles Evans Hughes
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
c. 1948-19??
Succeeded by
Incumbent at novel's end, 1953