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George Washington Bush
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Birth: 1779
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 5, 1863
Tumwater
Thurston County
Washington, USA

George Bush was part of the first group of Americans to settle north of the Columbia River at what is now Tumwater. Bush was of African American ancestry, and Oregon had prohibited settlement and land ownership by Blacks. He and his family, along with several other settler families, came north to what was in the 1840s territory disputed between the US and Great Britain. Bush took up a claim, but when the area became part of Oregon Territory he faced the possibility of losing his land. Nearby American settlers rallied to his defense and memorialized the US Congress to get a special waiver allowing Bush to maintain ownership. A Historical marker located just south of the Olympia Airport on the site of Bush's claim gives details. (bio by: Tenalquot) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Isabella James Bush (____ - 1866)
 
 Children:
  Henry Sanford Bush (____ - 1913)*
  Riley Bailey Bush (____ - 1866)*
  William Owen Bush (1832 - 1907)*
  Joseph Talbot Bush (1833 - 1904)*
  Lewis Nisqually Bush (1847 - 1923)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: George Bush's name is on a monument in Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery, Memorial # 131853915
 
Burial:
Union Cemetery
Tumwater
Thurston County
Washington, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Tenalquot
Record added: Oct 18, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5855396
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There is no evidence George Bush's middle name was "Washington." I've corrected this memorial before and others keep adding the name in again. Please contact WA State Archives for more info.
- Tenalquot
 Added: Sep. 1, 2015

- Keil
 Added: Aug. 18, 2015

- Mark Vernon
 Added: Jan. 24, 2015
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