William H.T. “Bucky” Bush was brother, uncle of presidents

FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 2004 file photo, William H.T. "Bucky" Bush, the uncle of President George W. Bush at the podium during the Victory '04 rally in Warrenton, Mo. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush confirmed Thursday, March 1, 2018 in an email to The Associated Press that his uncle, William H.T. "Bucky" Bush died Wednesday. He was 79. (AP Photo/James A. Finley, File)

By FREIDA FRISARO and GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) — William H.T. “Bucky” Bush, a wealthy investor and the brother and uncle of presidents, has died. He was 79.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush confirmed Thursday in an email to The Associated Press that his uncle died Wednesday. He did not describe the cause.
The brother of President George H.W. Bush and uncle of President George W. Bush was co-founder and chairman of Bush O’Donnell Investment Advisers in St. Louis, Missouri, and served on the board of directors of WellPoint Inc.
Known as “Bucky” Bush, he also active in Republican politics. When he chaired his nephew’s presidential re-election campaign in Missouri, he said he used to baby sit the future 43rd President of the United States.
Chairman Todd Graves of the Missouri Republican Party offered his condolences to the Bush family, tweeting that “Bucky Bush was a strong leader and champion for the state of Missouri.”
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Fineout contributed to this story from Tallahassee, Florida.

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