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President George Herbert Walker Bush

Also Known As: "Poppy", "Skin"
Birthplace: 173 Adams Street, Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: November 30, 2018 (94)
Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: 1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Brazos County, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Prescott Bush and Dorothy Wear Bush
Husband of Barbara Pierce Bush, 38th First Lady of the United States
Father of George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States; Pauline Robin Bush; Gov. John "Jeb" Ellis Bush; Neil Mallon Bush; Marvin Pierce Bush and 1 other
Brother of Prescott Sheldon Bush, Jr.; Nancy Walker Ellis; Jonathan James Bush and William Henry Trotter Bush
Half brother of Private

Occupation: 41st President of the United States, 43rd Vice President of the United States, Congressman, Ambassador, Director of the CIA, Lieutenant, combat veteran and pilot in WWII
Managed by: Dan Cornett
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About George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the USA

George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American politician, diplomat, and businessman who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. A member of the Republican Party, Bush also served as the 43rd vice president from 1981 to 1989 under Ronald Reagan, in the U.S. House of Representatives, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and as Director of Central Intelligence.

Bush was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, and attended Phillips Academy before serving in the United States Navy Reserve during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Yale and moved to West Texas, where he established a successful oil company. After an unsuccessful run for the United States Senate, he won the election to the 7th congressional district of Texas in 1966. President Richard Nixon appointed Bush to the position of Ambassador to the United Nations in 1971 and to the position of chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1973. In 1974, President Gerald Ford appointed him as the Chief of the Liaison Office to the People's Republic of China, and in 1976 Bush became the Director of Central Intelligence. Bush ran for president in 1980, but was defeated in the Republican presidential primaries by Ronald Reagan, who then selected Bush as his vice presidential running mate.

In the 1988 presidential election, Bush defeated Democrat Michael Dukakis, becoming the first incumbent vice president to be elected president since Martin Van Buren in 1836. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency, as he navigated the final years of the Cold War and played a key role in the reunification of Germany. Bush presided over the invasion of Panama and the Gulf War, ending the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in the latter conflict. Though the agreement was not ratified until after he left office, Bush negotiated and signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which created a trade bloc consisting of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Domestically, Bush reneged on a 1988 campaign promise by enacting legislation to raise taxes with the justification of reducing the budget deficit. He also signed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and successfully appointed David Souter and Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. Bush lost the 1992 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton following an economic recession, his turnaround on his tax promise, and the decreased emphasis of foreign policy in a post–Cold War political climate.

After leaving office in 1993, Bush was active in humanitarian activities, often working alongside Bill Clinton, his former opponent. With the victory of his son, George W. Bush, in the 2000 presidential election, the two became the second father–son pair to serve as the nation's president, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Another son, Jeb Bush, unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in the 2016 Republican primaries. Historians generally rank Bush as an above-average president. (Wikipedia, CC BY-SA)


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George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the USA's Timeline

June 12, 1924
173 Adams Street, Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
- 1936
Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich, MA, United States
Age 5
Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut
- 1936
Age 5
Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
- 1942
Age 11
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, United States
- 1942
Age 11
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, United States
June 9, 1943
- September 1945
Age 18
Unites States Naval Reserve
- 1948
Age 20
Yale University