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Bush, Barbara

  • By: Jessica Thern Smith
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Barbara Pierce Bush was born in New York City, New York, on June 8, 1925, to Pauline Robinson Pierce and Marvin Pierce. Barbara was third of four children—one sister and two brothers. From 1940 until 1943, Barbara attended Ashley Hall, a boarding school in Charleston, South Carolina.

At a 1941 dance, when she was 16 years old, she met George Herbert Walker Bush, her future husband. In 1943, Barbara graduated from Ashley Hall and entered Smith College. At Smith, she made the freshman soccer team and served as captain. She worked during the summers, first at a Lord & Taylor department store, then at a nuts and bolts factory. One and a half years after their meeting, Barbara Pierce and George Bush became engaged, just ...

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