Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Bush Ancestor a Thief

Bert Mancuso Hart, a professional genealogical researcher, discovered that George W. Bush's great-great uncle, Remus I. Bush, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription:

Remus Bush; horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.
Mr. Hart e-mailed the President for comments. The White House staff sent back the following biographical sketch:

Remus I. Bush was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.
Wasn't this funny? If you don't think so, click here.


  1. Too bad the story wasn't true about Bush. It actually fits their sense of humor better than it does almost any other politician on either side of the aisle.

  2. Are you sure the story isn't true? That recessive thieving gene could explain a lot about the Bushies.

  3. Umnnnhhh, Capper, that story's been around for a million years, using all sorts of names.

    Any politician's name will do.

    Doyle, for example.

  4. Green, etc. ... I did provide a link to the write up.