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Stevens Remembers Samuel Prescott Bush and His Entrepreneurial Spirit

Portrait of Samuel Prescott Bush
Born in New Jersey, Bush graduated from Stevens in 1884.

(Hoboken, N.J. - Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018) - With the passing of President George H.W. Bush, Stevens Institute of Technology is reminded of its connection to one of America’s most influential families. Samuel Prescott Bush, the patriarch of the Bush political family, was an alumnus of Stevens before making his mark in history as one of the top industrialists of his time. 

Samuel Prescott Bush played for the football team at Stevens

Born in New Jersey, Bush graduated from Stevens in 1884, with 41 other seniors in the university’s 12th commencement. He went on to build a successful career as a railroad executive and president of Buckeye Steel Castings Company, having taken the helm of the company from Frank Rockefeller, brother of John D. Rockefeller. During his time at Stevens, the grandfather of the nation’s 41st president and great-grandfather of the nation’s 43rd, studied mechanical engineering and outside of the classroom, rushed the football field with his teammates as part of one of the earliest regular college football teams in the U.S. He was also a member of the tennis team. 

“S.P. Bush is one of our notable alumni,” said Leah Loscutoff, head of archives and special collections at Stevens. “He attended Stevens at a time of great innovation and promise, and embodied the entrepreneurial spirit that lives on in our students today.”

With classmate John A. Bensel, Bush wrote his senior thesis on dynamometers, a device that measures the power output of an engine. His research prepared him for his career and served as a foundation for his work in expanding our country’s railroads, both shaping the industrial revolution and contributing to a flourishing economy. 

During the course of his career, Bush served as the president of the Ohio Manufacturing Association, sat on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and was appointed to Herbert Hoover's President's Committee for Unemployment Relief. Today, Stevens keeps his entrepreneurial spirit at the forefront of its philosophy and approach to education, and continues the tradition of entrepreneurship and innovations that have the potential to impact society and how we live.  

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About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation has always been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 6,900 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate closely with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment. Academic and research programs spanning business, computing, engineering, the arts and other fields actively advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront our most pressing global challenges. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on tuition investment, career services and the mid-career salaries of alumni.

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