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 George Bush

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George Bush

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.

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Gravesite Details George Bush's name is on a monument in Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery, Memorial # 131853915

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Tenalquot
  • Added: 18 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5855396
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Bush (1779–5 Apr 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5855396, citing Union Cemetery, Tumwater, Thurston County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .