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Perhaps TJ Devine, his "best man", William B. Macomber, his brother, John D. Macomber, and the great-grandson of Francis Smith Bush, George HW Bush, and his son, George W. Bush, should accurately be described as, the Rochester, NY, mafia?


Rochester: Webster’s Quotations, Facts and Phrases‎ - Page 395

by Icon Group International, Inc.

He was the child of Obadiah Newcomb Bush and Harriet Smith (1800 - 1867). ...

John D. Macomber (born January 13, 1928) in Rochester, New York is the ...

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Miss Alexandra Mills Is Bride of TJ Devine

- New York Times - Apr 15, 1973

Mr. Devine is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Devine and of the late Prof. and Mrs. Charles W. Dodge, all of Rochester(/quote)


Diplomat William Macomber Jr., 82, Dies

By Patricia Sullivan

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, November 21, 2003; Page B07

...Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Phyllis Macomber of Nantucket; and a brother, John Macomber of Washington.


William Macomber, Diplomat and Met Chief, Dies at 82


Published: November 22, 2003

William Butts Macomber Jr., a former government official and diplomat who in 1978 became the first full-time president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, died on Wednesday at his home in Nantucket, Mass. He was 82....

....William Macomber was born in Rochester, N.Y., on March 28, 1921, and graduated from Yale in 1943...


Anne Weisman, William Macomber II

Published: October 8, 2006

Anne Lauren Weisman, a daughter of Elizabeth Barnett Weisman and Dr. Michael Herman Weisman of Los Angeles, is to be married this afternoon to William Butts Macomber II, the son of Caroline Morgan Macomber and John DeWitt Macomber of Washington....

....The bridegroom, 32, is the principal editor at Fancy Film, a documentary editing business in Los Angeles, which he founded. His credits include “Raising Teens,” which was shown on Logo, a cable television network for gays and lesbians; and episodes of “Deep Sea Detectives,” a series on the History Channel. He graduated from Wesleyan University.

His mother is a trustee of the Phillips Collection, the Washington art museum, and of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. His father was from 1988 to 1992 the chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States in Washington and had retired as the chairman and chief executive of the Celanese Corporation in New York.


Export-Import Bank Nominees


Published: June 26, 1989

...President Bush has chosen John D. Macomber to be president of the Export-Import Bank and Eugene K. Lawson to be first vice president, the White House announced last week.

Mr. Macomber, chairman of his own private investment and advisory firm, is a former chairman and chief executive of the Celanese Corporation. Mr. Lawson has been Deputy

Under Secretary of Labor for international affairs since last year. If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Macomber would succeed John Bohn and Mr. Lawson would replace William Ryan.


John D. Macomber, MBA

Member, Board of Directors

John Macomber is a Principal of JDM Investment Group, a private investment firm, since 1992. He was nominated by President Bush Sr. to become Chairman and President of the United States Export-Import Bank, serving from 1989 to 1992.

He was a Senior Partner at McKinsey until 1973 and Chairman and CEO of Celanese Corporation until 1986. He is a Director of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, Mettler-Toledo International, Mirror World Technologies, Sovereign Chemical Company, and Textron, Inc.

Mr. Macomber is also Chairman of the Council for Excellence in Government, Rand McNally and Company, and Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Council. He has retired from serving on the Board of Directors of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, The Brown Group, Inc., Chase Manhattan Bank, RJR Nabisco, Pilkington Ltd., Rand McNally and Xerox Corporation.

Mr. Macomber received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard University.


Plan to Cut Ex-Im Bank Draws Business Protest

New York Times - Feb 6, 1990

John D. Macomber, six months on the job as Export-Import Bank chairman and a friend of Mr. Bush, denies that the institution has been weakened.


Soft on Saddam

Subscription - Washington Post - HighBeam Research - Apr 10, 1990

After Congress voted at the end of 1989 to bar US Export-Import Bank credits to Iraq, President Bush signed a waiver on Jan. 17. He said it was in America's ...


Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President‎ - Page 66

by James Hatfield - Biography & Autobiography - 2001 - 417 pages

Some of the largest financiers included: John D. Macomber, CEO of Celanese Corp.

and William H. Draper HI, a leading venture capital investor. ...


Amiraqa and the New American Century‎ - Page 22

by Chris Wogan - Social Science - 2004 - 380 pages

The Eximbank had insured hundreds of millions of dollars worth of shipments to Iraq from 1987 to 1990.

Companies that exported goods to Iraq under the Eximbank guarantees include John Deere, Snap On Tools, Bristol Myers, and DOW Chemical. The Atlanta-BNL financed 51 transactions worth just shy of $50 million through Eximbank loan guarantees. Overall, Eximbank had to pay over $50 million in insured

shipments due to Iraqi nonpayment, $3.2 million of which was owed to the BNL. Once again, can you guess who had to cover the $50 million? That's right, it was the American taxpayer!

Following the BNL scandal in 1989, Congress enacted sanctions against Iraq prohibiting Eximbank financing without a presidential waiver. The State Department quickly drafted a waiver and President

Bush signed it January 17, 1990. Bush declared that a prohibition on Eximbank loan guarantees for Iraq would not be, "in the best interests of the United States."

Interestingly enough, the two men in charge of the Export-Import Bank for the duration of the Reagan and Bush's presidencies, John D. Macomber and William H Draper III, were two major contributors to George W. Bush's early oil ventures and were close to the Bush family...


Amiraqa and the New American Century‎ - Page 88

by Chris Wogan - Social Science - 2004 - 380 pages

...Investors in Bush's early oil ventures included drug store magnate (Rite Aid) and PNAC-member Lewis Lehrman, George L. Ball (head of EF Hutton Inc), George L. Ohrstrom, venture caplitalist William H. Draper III, John D. Macomber (CEO of Celanese Corp), Russell E. Reynolds, Salem bin Laden, James Baker III (who held many positions for both Reagan and Bush Sr) Philip Uzielli, Stephen Kass, and Khalid bin Mahfouz of the BCCI (identified as a defendant in the 9/11 families' lawsuit against finaciers of 9/11), among others. Draper and Macomber both held the position of head of the Export Import Bank (Eximbank) during both the Reagan and Bush administrations, the Eximbank being essential in the arming of Iraq....


Bush Name Helps Fuel Oil Dealings

By George Lardner Jr. and Lois Romano

Washington Post Staff Writers

Friday, July 30, 1999; Page A1

Sixth of seven articles

...Reynolds put up $23,250 for Arbusto's 1980 drilling program and a similar amount in a later partnership. He doesn't invest in oil and gas ventures anymore. "I think I ended up getting back 20 cents on the dollar," Reynolds recalled, though the write-offs he got "mitigated the pain."

The roster of prominent partners in Bush's oil ventures could have been extracted from a business world's who's who: drugstore magnate and onetime New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Lewis Lehrman and Lehrman family trusts ($140,500 over a three-year period); George L. Ball, then head of E.F. Hutton Inc., a New York stock brokerage ($100,000); George L. Ohrstrom, head of a New York investment management company and scion of one of Virginia's richest families ($100,000); California venture capitalist William H. Draper III ($93,000); and John D. Macomber, chief executive of the Celanese Corp. and an old Yale friend of Jonathan's ($79,500). Draper became president of the Export-Import Bank under President Ronald Reagan and Macomber held the same post under President George Bush.

Not all were recruited by Jonathan Bush, who was paid commissions for his work. Ball, for instance, was enlisted by Barbara Bush's brother-in-law Scott Pierce, an associate at E. F. Hutton. Ohrstrom, who doesn't give interviews, said through his wife that he and Bush's father went to school together (they were four years apart at Greenwich Country Day). And Bush lined up others on his own, like Stephen Kass, a friend and classmate from Harvard Business School. ....(/quote)



- New York Times - Mar 30, 1967

Edward Gordon Hooker, a stockbroker formerly with E.F. Hutton Co., died yesterday in his home at 1160 Park Avenue,

George Bush Presidential Library Foundation » Trustees

Denver, Colorado, John D. Macomber Washington, D.C.. Jack S. Blanton, Sr. ... William H. Draper, III Atherton, California (Emeritus), Samuel K. Skinner ...



George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Dies; Virginia Financier, Sportsman

By Patricia Sullivan

Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, October 9, 2005

George Lewis Ohrstrom Jr., 78, chairman of a private equity and leveraged-buyout firm and scion of one of the wealthiest families in Virginia, died of pneumonia Oct. 6 at his home in The Plains.

Mr. Ohrstrom was the long-time chairman of G.L. Ohrstrom & Co. The New York firm, founded by his father, is one of the private equity firms that started and grew three companies, Dover Corp., Carlisle Cos. and Roper Industries Inc., which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

A classmate of former president George H.W. Bush at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut, Mr. Ohrstrom was an investor in President George W. Bush's Texas oil business, according to a 1999 article in The Washington Post. Virginia Business magazine, in its annual listing of the richest residents in the Old Dominion, said in 2004 that Mr. Ohrstrom was worth about $200 million.

In 1974, he sold his New York townhouse to Iraq for use as a residence for its ambassador to the United Nations.


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Perhaps best known in the Washington area as a fox hunter, sportsman and philanthropist, Mr. Ohrstrom was a president of the Orange County Hunt and founder of the Bath County Hounds.

As a breeder and owner of thoroughbred and steeplechase horses, Mr. Ohrstrom raced many stakes winners in the United States and Europe, including France's 3-year-old champion filly, Comtesse De Loir, and grade 1 stakes winner Mossflower. He had a particular passion for timber racing, part of the steeplechase in which horses jump over large, freestanding wooden railed fences. An Orange County Hunt timber race is named for him.

As a founder of the Piedmont Environmental Council, he was an early supporter of the use of conservation easements to preserve open space. The council was a key opponent of the Walt Disney Co.'s attempt in the early 1990s to build a history theme park in Prince William County.

Mr. Ohrstrom was past chairman of the board of the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, the country's only scholarly repository dedicated exclusively to equine and field sports.

Born in Bronxville, N.Y., Mr. Ohrstrom grew up in Greenwich and entered the Marine Corps during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Princeton University, where he rowed bow on the crew team, which finished third in the 1948 Olympic trials. In 1949, Mr. Ohrstrom organized a team from the Princeton Cottage Club to compete in the Grand Challenge Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta in England. He later became a trustee of the Princeton University Rowing Association.

After college, he went to work for the State Department in France. He began his business career at Lehman Brothers from 1955 to 1960 and then worked at his father's firm. He became chief executive in 1960. According to his firm's Web site, he sat on the boards of FHP Holdings Inc., Tritex Corp., Leach Holding Corp., Vistan Corp. and Flexi-Mat Corp.

He was also president of the Ohrstrom Foundation Inc., established by his father in 1955, and was founder of the George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Foundation.

A son, Peter F.S. Ohrstrom, preceded him in death. Four of his marriages, to Joan Sumner, Lili Clarke, Sandra Wright and Pamela Braga, ended in divorce.


Pamela B. Ohrstrom

Middleburg equestrienne Pamela Braga Ohrstrom died last week in New York following a lengthy illness.

A prominent horse show rider and avid foxhunter, Ohrstrom was integral in the interior design of the National Sporting Library prior to its grand re-opening in 1999. Like former husband George L. Ohrstrom of The Plains, she was president of the local Orange County Hunt and sat on the board of the NSL.

She was also married to J. Carter Brown, for 23 years director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Ohrstrom also served as co-chair of the advisory committee of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting at Morven Park in Leesburg.

She is survived by two adult children and her mother, Mary Braga of Middleburg.


B. RIONDA BRAGA - Obituary - NYTimes.com

Jul 25, 1986 – B. Rionda Braga, a sugar merchant and former president of the ... He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Sayles Booker; two sons, David, ... N.Y.; a daughter, Pamela Brown of Washington, and four grandchildren

Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Ohrstrom of The Plains; his sister, Magalen O. Bryant of Middleburg; a son from his first marriage, George F. Ohrstrom of New York; a son from his second marriage, Clarke Ohrstrom of The Plains; two children from his third marriage, Winifred O. Nichols of McLean and Wright Ohrstrom of New York; and five grandchildren.


Paid Notice: Deaths


Published: October 10, 2005

OHRSTROM--George L. Jr. 1927-2005. George Lewis Ohrstrom Jr., of The Plains, Virginia, died at his home on Thursday, October 6, 2005. Mr. Ohrstrom was born on June 9, 1927 in Bronxville, NY, the second of three children of George L. Ohrstrom, Sr. and Emma Riggs Ohrstrom. He grew up in Greenwich, CT. Mr. Ohrstrom was graduated from St. Paul's School, in New Hampshire, in 1945 and from Princeton University in 1950, following two years in the Marine Corps. In the early 1950s he worked at the State Department and in the intelligence services. ......

George Ohrstrom was an usher in Peter Matthiessen's (of the Paris Review and the CIA) wedding, as was the sister-in-law of Richard Ober of CIA. Usher Thomas Guinzburg would later hire Jackie Onassis. He was Matthiessen's Yale roommate and presented as not being witty to Matthiessen's CIA affiliation, but Guinzburg's father was OSS minister of propaganda (OWI) and immediately after WWII led a US intelligence program intended to influence what would and would not be suitable subject matter for publication


Ohrstrom's father:


New York Times - Nov 22, 1938

G. T, Ohrstrom Co., Inc., New York, was "the real party at interest" in the ... an examiner for the Securities and Exchange Commission, declared in a report made ..


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Dec 17, 1938

Chicago Tribune - Dec 17, 1938

GL Ohrstrom & Co., Inc., securities dealers, were accused today by the Securities and Exchange commission of fraud and making false statements in a ...


New York Times - May 22, 1943

The Securities and Exchange Commission today denied the application for registration as an over-the-counter broker-dealer of George Lewis Ohrstrom, doing ..

OHRSTROM TO GET HEARING; SEC Reveals His New Application...

New York Times - Aug 24, 1943

The Securities and Exchange Commission disclosed today that a new at-i tempt was being made by George Lewis Ohrstrom, doing business as GL Ohrstrom ...

GL Ohrstrom & Co. Reinstated

Wall Street Journal - Oct 29, 1943

PHILADELPHIA The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the application of George Lewis Ohrstrom, doing business as GL Ohrstrom & Co., ...

Mel Gibson "took a bath" after he purchased Ohrstom, Sr.'s 1926 Greenwich, CT estate:



Ohrstrom, Jr.'s late brother, Ricard:


Ricard R. Ohrstrom '44

Published in Sept. 13, 1995, issue

Ric died of a heart attack Feb. 22, 1995, after heart surgery at a clinic in Honolulu. He was 72. He had lived in The Plains, Va. and also had homes on the Kona Coast of Hawaii and in Sun Valley, Idaho.

He joined our class after attending the Greenwich Country Day School and St. Paul's School. Ric was a member of Cottage Club and manager of baseball, Major "P". After graduation, he joined the Marine Corps first as an artillery instructor at Quantico and then as an officer on Okinawa.

He subsequently obtained a law degree at the Univ. of Virginia and then joined G. L. Ohrstrom & Co. After his father's death in 1955, he assumed control of the company until his semi-retirement in 1966 due to heart problems.

Ric was a lifelong horseman and became interested in horse racing and breeding both overseas and in the U.S. He was also an enthusiastic golfer and regular participant in class reunions at Pine Valley. He was a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in Scotland and as recently as 1994, participated in the fall competition in St. Andrews.

The class extends its sympathy to his wife, Allen Dunnington Rosse; his brother, George L. Jr.; his sister Magden O. Bryant; and his six sons.

All of Ricard Riggs Ohrstrom's six sons resulted from his marriage to:

Mrs. Ohrstrom Has Son

New York Times - May 3, 1962

Mrs. Ohrstrom Has Son A son was porn April 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Ricard R. Ohrstrom ... Mary Murchison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Murchison of Dallas, Tax

Kenneth Murchison, 68, Dead; Insurance Executive in Dallas

New York Times - Nov 11, 1969

Mr. Murchison was the founder of Kenneth Murchison Co., an insurance partnership ... Western Gas Company, which had been organized by his brother, Clint...


Viscountess Rothermere, Socialite, Is Dead

Published: April 07, 1993

Mary, Viscountess Rothermere, a philanthropist and socialite, died last Thursday at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the age of 62. She had homes in Palm Beach, Manhattan, Monte Carlo and Newport, R.I.

The cause was heart failure, her family said....

...A native of Dallas, she was a member of a prominent business family in Texas as the daughter of Kenneth Murchison. After attending Sweetbriar College, she married Ricard R. Ohrstrom, a financier and industrialist.

After they divorced, she moved to England in 1966 and remarried, to Viscount Rothermere. He headed a British publishing empire that included The Daily Mail newspaper. After his death in 1978, she returned to the United States.

She leaves six sons by Mr. Ohrstrom, Ricard Jr. of Greenwich, Conn.; Kenneth of McLean, Va.;, George of Berrville, Va.; Christopher of Strasbourg, France; Barnaby of Tampa, Fla., and Mark of London, all of whom retained the Ohrstrom name, and one son by the Viscount, Esmond Harmsworth of Cambridge, Mass. She is also survived by two sisters, Anne Smith of Boston and Jane Hamilton of Denver; a brother, Kenneth Murchison of Las Cruces, N.M., and several grandchildren.

An all too brief and tragic, subsequent marriage:

Mrs. McKellar Is Wed To Ricard Ohrstrom

New York Times - Feb 2, 1967

Mrs Monique von Mudra McKellar, daughter of Alfred von Mudra of Einbeck, ... Mudra of Palo Alto, Calif., was married to Ricard R. Ohrstrom of New York on Jan.

Probe Set In Death Of Socialite .

Free Lance-Star - Dec 21, 1967

Ricard Ohrstrom, a Wall Street financier with an es tate at The Plains. Mrs. Ohrstrom was admitted to Winchester Memorial Hospit al Friday night, suffering from what Hill called ... Bryant would not give that permission, and Ohrstrom could not be.

George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. succeeded his brother, Ricard, as head of their father's firm. Their sister is the mother of JC Herbert Bryant, Jr., a man with a colorful background who received "special" consideration by Federal Authorities while GHW Bush was US President.:


U.s. Marshals Criticized For Deputizing Va. Man

By The Washington Post | December 4, 1992

A Justice Department probe has found that U.S. Marshals Service officials made "serious misjudgments" when they gave a badge and arrest authority to a wealthy Middleburg man who had formed a private Loudoun County group to provide armored vehicles to law enforcement agencies, sources said. In an internal report, Justice investigators said the Marshals Service did not have a good reason to grant special deputy marshal status to J.C. Herbert Bryant Jr., who also used to head another private group that promotes the service.

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I found the following on Linda Minor's blog :



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Where Texans Conspire with British Spies

Jamaica Resorts--Round Hill and The Tryall Club Spies in Swimsuits

Fleming_Bond.jpg Fleming with first James Bond Pat's husband was stepson to Ian Fleming's longtime mistress (later wife), Ann/Anne Charteris Harmsworth, who had vacationed in Jamaica with Fleming for years while married to Lord Rothermere. Her first husband, the 3rd Baron O'Neill died in 1944, and though having had affairs with both Harmsworth and Fleming while married to him, she married the wealthy Viscount Rothermere in 1945; they divorced in 1952 after she became pregnant with Fleming's son. A son from her marriage to Baron O'Neill would be widely rumored to be the man who would marry Alexandra of Kent, though the Princess would actually choose Angus Ogilvy in 1963.

O%27Neill_Alexandra+of+Kent_1961.jpg Ian Fleming's stepson, Ray O'Neill

Ann Fleming's stepdaughter, Esmé Gabrielle Harmsworth, already an adult in 1945, when Ann married the Viscount, had married into the Barings banking family in 1942, making her the Countess of Cromer. In 1961 her husband, G. Rowland Stanley Baring, was Governor of the Bank of England. During the same year a photo of Esmé's newest stepmother (Mrs. Mary Ohrstrom, niece of Clint Murchison, Sr.) appeared to support the Murchison sons' takeover of Baltimore's Alleghany Corporation. Based in Baltimore, home of the Duchess of Windsor, Alleghany was originally financed by Alex. Brown and Sons and invested in by Wallis Simpson's uncle on her behalf. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were introduced by investment adviser Robert R. Young to Clint Murchison and taken to his secluded ranch in Mexico in 1950. (See also Bryan Burrough, The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes.)

Texan Conspirators against Liberal Presidents?

Ohrstrom+pic_1961.jpg Click to enlarge.

During the proxy battle, Drew Pearson had written in his column:

The Murchisons [John D. and Clint, Jr.?] owe several millions to
of the late New York Central executive, and, according to SEC records, have borrowed $3,000,000 from
, who owns the Kirkeby hotel chain and who once borrowed indirectly from "Longy" Zwillman, the New Jersey gangster, to acquire the Sherry-Netherland in New York. It's a frantic battle between the new Texas oil millionaires and the old Scotch Wall Street millionaire. Whoever wins out on May 1 will control two major railroads and the biggest mutual funds empire in the world. The battle will be worth watching.

When Bubbles' father-in-law married a third time, his new wife was former Texan, Mary Murchison Ohrstrom, the woman pictured above. She was a daughter of Kenneth Murchison, whose older brother of Clinton Williams Murchison, Sr. of Dallas, was the father of the proxy battlers against Allan P. Kirby for control of Alleghany.

Clint Sr. and Kenneth were sons of a small-town banker, and grew up in a family with ten children. Kenneth graduated from the University of Texas and went to work for a prominent Wall Street Bank at 60 Wall Street. At age 23, Kenneth applied for a passport, to go to the Philippines and Hong Kong on business....

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