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U.S. President George Bush poses with some of his children and grandchildren on the White House lawn, in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 1989. Seen from left are: Jeb Bush, Neil Bush with Pierce, Margaret Bush holding Marshall, Sharon Bush and Lauren, Noelle, Barbara and Jenna, the president, George W. Bush, and Dorothy LeBlond holding Ellie.The Bush family didn’t look much like a future Texas political dynasty in 1973. Certainly, there was politics in the clan’s blood—Prescott, the patriarch, had been a United States senator from Connecticut. But his son, George, a Yankee transplant to Texas, had failed twice in Senate runs and had been forced to settle for two terms in the U.S. House. From there, he had been named ambassador to the United Nations and was then chair of the Republican National Committee—Washington, not Texas, was clearly his calling. And yet, decades later, one of his sons would become governor of the Lone Star State, another would become governor of Florida, and then a grandson would be elected land commissioner. A status akin to royalty had coalesced in…

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