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1954 Horatio Alger Award Winner

John A. Bush*

Chairman of the Board
Brown Shoe Company

"Every time I got a job I worked hard at it, make friends with everybody, and surprised myself."

John Allan Bush started working for the Brown Shoe Company in his late teens, assisting in shoemaking and cost supervision of the factory office. He was promoted to assistant in the advertising department and then sold shoes on the road in southern Ohio. He later became superintendent and then buyer. He persuaded his company to purchase the rights to the Buster Brown name, and the brand was introduced to the public at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The logo is still used on Brown shoes today. John Bush went on to serve as chairman of the board of the Brown Shoe Company.

* Deceased