Bush, Nathan W. (1811–1882)

By: Jennifer Eckel

Type: Biography

Published: March 24, 2008

Updated: April 7, 2020

Nathan W. Bush, Texas legislator, was born April 29, 1811, in North Carolina, son of Zenas and Martha Bush. Bush married Judith Ann Thacker on January 2, 1836; they had five children before Judith's death in 1861. Bush moved to Austin County, Texas, before 1850 and established a plantation. During the "Texas Troubles" of 1860, Bush, reacting to rumors of abolitionists attempting to incite slave insurrections in Austin County, served on a committee in the Hempstead area to "examine…suspicious characters." The committee examined four people, releasing three and holding one for further investigation. During the Civil War Bush helped coordinate relief efforts in the area. Nathan Bush's son, James Howard Bush, died of typhoid fever as a member of the Eighth Texas Cavalry, also known as Terry's Texas Rangers, in Nashville, Tennessee, in November of 1861. From 1863 to 1866 Bush, representing Austin County, served in the House of the Ninth and Tenth Texas legislatures. Nathan W. Bush died in 1882 and is buried in the Cochran Cemetery in Buckhorn, Austin County.

Frank MacD. Spindler, "The History of Hempstead and the Formation of Waller County, Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 63 (January 1960). Galveston Weekly News, July 9, 1862. Online Archive of Terry's Texas Rangers, Obituary of James Howard Bush (http://www.terrystexasrangers.org/), accessed January 5, 2007. Montgomery-Bush Family Cemetery (http://www.pamcrump.com/genealogy/), accessed January 5, 2006.

  • Ninth Legislature (1861-1863)
  • Tenth Legislature (1863-1864)
  • House

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Jennifer Eckel, “Bush, Nathan W.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 05, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/bush-nathan-w.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 24, 2008
April 7, 2020