In the CBTS threads there's been some banter about Antarctica and some anon mentioned the "Rockefeller Plateau" (in Antarctica). So just for shits and giggles, I go to GE and query it. It zooms to a blank expanse of white. No detail. No detail of the Transantarctic Mountains. Giant pixels of nearly all of the continent except for some very dark images of McMurdo station. Wierd. Use time of day shadow slider, no detail. Use historical imagery slider, no detail and rather than have actual image captures like other areas covered by GE, this bar just shows evenly spaced increments. Not normal for GE.
Then I zoom out a little and see there are place names of lots of royals and famous people, such as Queen Elizabeth Range, Queen Alexandra Range, Queen Maude Mountains, Prince Olav Mountains, Grosvenor Range, Churchill Mountains, Victoria Land, Prince Harald, Princess Astrid, Princiss Ragnhid Coasts, and Bush Mountains.
Oh Goody! Bush Mountains. Search Bush Mountains (that don't show on GE). Named after financier of the Byrd expedition, James I. Bush. Bush Mountains, Antarctica - Geographical Names, map …
https://geographic.org/geographic_names/antname.php?u… Proxy Highlight. Named by US-SCAN, on the recommendation of R. Admiral Byrd, after James I. Bush, American financier and patron of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition (ByrdAE), 1928-30.
So far so good. Search James I. Bush. Hmmm. Other than being mentioned in relation to the Byrd expedition, history is nearly silent on the man. Not one of Prescott Bush's, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prescott_Bush. Wiki references to the man are not highlighted.
Various sources have him as chairman of Bridgeport Leather, who donated to the expedition, and as chairman of the expedition itself. Reading several books on the expedition reveals nothing about him, but he was important enough to RA Byrd to name a prominent feature discovered during the expedition. I've hit an absolute dead end with any evidence of him being a "Patron" or "Financier" of the expedition. He doesn't appear to have been a trustee or director of either the Ford or Rockefeller foundations which are both mentioned in the literature about funding of the expedition.
He was, however, a "Bush", though every genealogy search I've attempted has been futile. Any anon's out there who are better at this than me?