Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., #6, 14504-108 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5N 1G8
April XXIst, MMXVIII
Hon. Dave Eggen, B. Ed., MLA, Minister of Education, New Democratic, Edmonton-Calder
As Former Ist Lady Barbara Pierce Bush, Republican-Texas is laid to rest after her funeral by respectful Houstonians, we get into a great historical lesson for political science students.
41-0. Not only was Babs married to the XLIst (41st) President George Herbert Walker Bush, Republican-Texas (pictured top), she was mother to XLIIIrd (43rd) President George Walker Bush, Republican-Texas (pictured centre.) Plus she was "43" like her son in terms of Ist Spouse numerically as two Presidents remarried while in office.
a. Xth (10th) President John Tyler, Whig-Virginia.
b. XXVIIIth (28th) President Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Democratic-New Jersey.
41-1. In addition, she was a IVth cousin IV times removed of XIVth (14th) President Franklin Pierce, Democratic-New Hampshire. I always found it historically interesting that she married "41", the very inverse of her cousin's numerical position as "14."
41-2. I met Pres. Bush 41 at a MCMXCV (1995) Junior Achievement Dinner at Northlands Coliseum (thanks to ex Oilers owner Peter Pocklington, a truly nice person like his stunning bride Eva.) I was sad I didn't get to meet "Bar" but she was at home with a flu according to the Former Chief Executive. This was such a thrill for me! I even saluted him & "41" graciously saluted back before shaking my hand.
41-3. Mon amis, Monsieur George Charlebois of Laval, Quebec met Mrs. Bush at a "Women In Leadership Conference" at her husband's Presidential Library in College Station, Texas at Texas A&M University. And "41" made an unscheduled appearance. He like I got cleared through the Secret Service detail to meet the President & just as he had told Babs, George Charlebois related to the Former Commander-In-Chief that he wanted to build a Museum of the Canadian Prime Ministers. As well, he told him that the Bush 41 Library was his favourite & the Former Prez was very pleased.
41-4. Sharing the wife & mother records with IInd (2nd) First Lady Abigail Adams, Federalist-Massachusetts must have been a thrill for Mrs. Bush. Plus she got to jointly break the longest Presidential marriage record with "41", also held by the Adams. It is interesting to note that her husband while elected from Texas as President was actually born in Massachusetts just like the two Adams Presidents & Jack Kennedy. So four men have been born in Massachusetts who became President, from four different political parties. It should be noted that "Silent Cal" was actually born in Vermont.
a. IInd President John Adams, Federalist-Massachusetts.
b. VIth President John Quincy Adams, Democratic-Republican, Massachusetts.
c. XXXth President John Calvin "Cal" Coolidge, Jr., Republican-Massachusetts.
d. XXXVth President John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, Jr., Democratic-Massachusetts.
Seems Rather "Bush" League,
Source: Www.WhiteHouse.Gov, & The Houston Chronicle, & The Houston Press, & The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, & The George W. Bush Presidential Centre & Library & Museum, The Office Of The Honourable George Bush, & The Office Of The Honourable George W. Bush, & The Floridian Archival Records Of Governor Jeb Bush, Republican, & The Rye Daily Voice.