Birth Name: John Ellis Bush
Place of Birth: Midland, Texas
Date of Birth: February 11, 1953
Ethnicity: English, some German, small amounts of Welsh, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, and Belgian (Flemish), and 1/256th Moravian
Jeb Bush is an American businessperson and politician. A Republican, he served as the Secretary of Commerce of Florida, from January 6, 1987 to September 9, 1988, and as the Governor of Florida, from January 5, 1999 to January 2, 2007. He is the son of Barbara Bush (born Barbara Pierce) and the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush (George Herbert Walker Bush), and the brother of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush (George Walker Bush). His son is politician George P. Bush (George Prescott Bush). His niece is journalist Jenna Bush Hager (born Jenna Welch Bush).
He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.
Jeb is largely of English ancestry, with some German roots, and a small amount of Welsh, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, and Belgian (Flemish), and 1/256th Moravian, ancestry.
Jeb’s wife, born Columba Garnica Gallo, is Mexican (born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico). Jeb was raised an Episcopalian. He converted to Columba’s Catholic faith in the mid 1990s.
Jeb’s paternal grandfather was Prescott Sheldon Bush (the son of Samuel Prescott Bush and Florence “Flora” Sheldon). Jeb’s grandfather Prescott served as a United States Senator from Connecticut from 1952 to 1963. Samuel was the son of The Rev. James Smith Bush, an Episcopalian minister, and of Harriet Eleanor Fay. Florence was the daughter of Robert Emmet Sheldon and Mary Elizabeth Butler.
Jeb’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Wear Walker (the daughter of George Herbert Walker and Lucretia “Loulie” Wear). Jeb’s great-grandfather George, a banker and businessperson, was the son of David Davis Walker, a prominent businessperson, and of Martha Adela Beaky. Lucretia was the daughter of James Hutchenson Wear and Nancy/Nannie Eliza Holliday.
Jeb’s maternal grandfather was Marvin Pierce (the son of Scott Pierce and Mabel Marvin). Jeb’s grandfather Marvin was the president of McCall Corporation, a publisher of women’s magazines McCall’s and Redbook. Scott was the son of Jonas James Pierce and Kate Pritzel, who was born in Zweizel, Baden, Germany. Mabel was the daughter of Jerome Place Marvin and Martha Ann Stokes.
Jeb’s maternal grandmother was Pauline Robinson (the daughter of James Edgar Robinson and Lula Dell Flickinger). Jeb’s great-grandfather James was an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, from 1919 to 1932. James was the son of John Welch Robinson, Jr. and Sarah Coe. Lula was the daughter of Jacob Marion Flickinger and Sarah Haines.
There is a claim on several web sites that one of Jeb’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Victor Emanuel Bechi, was Italian. It is not clear if this claim is accurate. Victor Emanuel Bechi is described in one reference book as having come from “Strasburg in the Province of Alsace-Lorraine” (in “Americans of gentle birth and their ancestors”, Volume 1, Hannah Daviess Pittman, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1970). That suggests that Victor Emanuel Bechi may have been of ethnic German origin. The surname “Bechi” can be Italian.
Jeb is a sixth cousin, once removed, of actress Lily James. Jeb’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Sarah Horton, was a sister of Lily’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Stephen Horton. Their parents were Comfort Horton and Joanna Wood.
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