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Was born in the town of Pittsfield, in the state of Massachusetts, on the 18th day of May, A. D. 1790, and remained at home with his parents until 1809, when, after receiving a good common school education, he was admitted into the academy at Lenox, Massachusetts, where he remained until March, 1810, when he left college with full honors, returned home to Pittsfield, and entered the law office of the Hon. Col. John W. Hulbert, where he remained an industrious student for four years, and was admitted to the bar in March, 1814. He remained in Pittsfield and practiced law successfully until the year 1834, at which time he emigrated to the state of Illinois and located in Pittsfield, Pike county, where he permanently settled and opened a law office. He successfully pursued the practice of his profession until about the year 1864, when, on account of his age and poor health, he retired from practice, and has since devoted his time and attention to making improvements and advancing the growth and prosperity of the town of Pittsfield.

March 31, 1819, he married Miss Maria Merick, daughter of Joseph Merick, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The fruits of this marriage were six children. In 1831 she departed this life. February 6th, 1834, Mr. Bush was again joined in matrimony to Mrs. Adaline Lellen, widow of Rev. John Sellan, and daughter of Captain Joshua Geer, of the city of New York. The ceremony was performed by the right Rev. Bishop Onderdank. The fruits of his second marriage have been four sons, three of whom are living, viz: Hon. Joseph Bush, who has ably represented this senatorial district in the Illinois senate since 1870, and is president of the Pike County Agricultural Society also editor and proprietor of the popular and ably edited Pike Co. Democrat; Col. Daniel Brown Bush, who commanded the Second Illinois Regiment of cavalry, now residing in the city of San Francisco, and Hon. Chancey Carrol Bush, who is, and has been for several years, judge of the county and probate court of Shasta county, California.

Col D. B. Bush, the subject of this sketch, is one of the noted and popular citizens of Pike county. As a citizen, he has always been one of the true and faithful patriots. He has always been a strong and able advocate of his political views. He has ever been a willing contributor to all charitable and moral institutions that have a tendency to improve the morals and advance the prosperity and interests of the country. He has always been a strong advocate of education, and has probably done as much as anyone for its improvement in his own town and county. He has ever been ready to aid and assist the poor and needy, and administer to the wants of the widow and orphan; and many poor persons in Pike county would testify to the many liberal charities they have received at his hands. He has always possessed active and industrious habits, and we know of no man of his age that moves around with the same youthful appearance that he does. He transacts all of his own business, and does it in such a manner as to give satisfaction to all who are interested.

In 1824, Col Bush was captain of an independent company called the Grays, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and was assigned the honor of receiving the celebrated Lafayette when he passed through Pittsfield, Massachusetts, en route from New York to Boston. He received him in hollow square, under the flag, fifty yards square. In October, 1843, Col. Bush was admitted to the bar in the state of Missouri, but did not locate there. The Colonel has held many high and responsible positions of both honor and trust, and has perhaps now in his possession more commissions from the different presidents of the United States, and governors of different states, than any other man in Pike county, and in every capacity he has discharged his duty with fidelity and credit, and in every instance has received an honorable acquittal.