Originally published February 21, 2022
…that only one US president has been born in Connecticut. America’s 43rd President, George W. Bush, was born in New Haven at the Grace-New Haven Community Hospital on July 6, 1946.
Even though most of the country affiliates George W. Bush with Texas—where he spent most of his life—Bush is the only president born in Connecticut. While George W. considers himself a Texan, his family has long ties to Connecticut. His parents, Barbara and George H. W. Bush—41st US president—met in Greenwich and at the time of George W.’s birth, George H. W. attended Yale University. In addition, George W.’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, represented Connecticut as a US senator. After George W.’s birth, the Bush family only stayed in New Haven for two years before moving to California and then finally settling in Texas. Following in his father’s footsteps, Bush returned to Connecticut in 1964 to earn his own bachelor’s degree in history from Yale. After serving as governor of Texas for five years, Bush served two terms as President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009.