Archibald (Archie) Granville Bush, a native of Granite Falls, joined Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M) as a bookkeeper in 1909 for a salary of $11.55 per week. He quickly rose up through the ranks and would spend the majority of his career as chair of the executive committee.
While based in Chicago in 1919, Archie met and married a chorus girl/actress, Edyth Bassler Bush. Although she would give up both singing and acting professionally, Edyth and Archie’s support for the arts would remain evident throughout their philanthropic endeavors.
With no children of their own to inherit their $300 million estate, Archie and Edyth established the Bush Foundation in 1953. Over the next several decades, Archie, Edyth and the Foundation’s successors supported a range of initiatives from leadership development, early childhood education, healthcare, community problem solving, nation building and the arts.
Today the Foundation’s income derives from assets given by Archie and Edyth, primarily 3M stock. After Archie’s death, a portion of the Bush Foundation's assets were used to create the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.