J. Danforth Bush

Joshua Danforth Bush
6th Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
In office
January 18, 1921  January 20, 1925
Governor William D. Denney
Preceded by Lewis E. Eliason
Succeeded by James H. Anderson
Personal details
Born (1868-12-04)December 4, 1868
Died December 4, 1926(1926-12-04) (aged 58)
Political party Republican
Parents George W. Bush
Residence Wilmington, Delaware

Joshua Danforth Bush (December 4, 1868 – December 4, 1926)[1] was an American businessman and Republican Party politician who served as the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, from January 18, 1921 to January 20, 1925, under Governor William D. Denney.[2] He resided in Wilmington, Delaware.

Bush was also a wealthy businessman, as a member of one of Delaware's more prominent families. His father, George W. Bush, had inherited the family shipping business from his own father and had expanded it to include a large business in anthracite, coal, and even yellow pine lumber. The company, George W. Bush & Sons, eventually passed the lumber business to J. Danforth Bush's firm, a partnership with Robert B. Rayner. Bush also took on a large role in his father's company. After George W. Bush died in 1900, his sons incorporated their coal and transportation business as the George W. Bush & Sons Company. J. Danforth Bush was made vice president of the company.[3]

Bush was a prominent member of the Delaware Game Protective Association, at one time serving as that organization's vice president for New Castle County.[4] He also served as treasurer[5] and secretary[6] at various times.


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  2. Russell S. Pickett. "Delaware's Lieutenant Governors". state.de.us. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  3. "Full text of "History of the state of Delaware"". archive.org. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  4. http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1897/VOL_30_NO_08/SL3008022.pdf
  5. http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1902/VOL_40_NO_09/SL4009015.pdf
  6. "Full text of "American agriculturist year book and almanac"". archive.org. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lewis T. Eliason
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
Succeeded by
James H. Anderson

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