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his article is about the 41st U.S. president. For the ship named after him, see USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). For his son, the 43rd U.S. president, see George W. Bush. For other persons of the same name, see George Bush.

George H. W. Bush

41st President of the United States

In office

January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993

Vice President Dan Quayle

Preceded by Ronald Reagan

Succeeded by Bill Clinton

43rd Vice President of the United States

In office

January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989

President Ronald Reagan

Preceded by Walter Mondale

Succeeded by Dan Quayle

Director of Central Intelligence

In office

January 30, 1976 – January 20, 1977

President Gerald Ford

Preceded by William Colby

Succeeded by Stansfield Turner

Chief of the Liaison Office to the People's Republic of China

In office

September 26, 1974 – December 7, 1975

President Gerald Ford

Preceded by David Bruce

Succeeded by Thomas Gates

Chairman of the Republican National Committee

In office

January 19, 1973 – September 16, 1974

Preceded by Bob Dole

Succeeded by Mary Smith

United States Ambassador to the United Nations

In office

March 1, 1971 – January 18, 1973

President Richard Nixon

Preceded by Charles Yost

Succeeded by John Scali

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Texas's 7th district

In office

January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971

Preceded by John Dowdy

Succeeded by William Archer

Personal details

Born George Herbert Walker Bush

June 12, 1924 (age 88)

Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.

Political party Republican

Spouse(s) Barbara Pierce (1945–present)

Children George

Pauline

Jeb

Neil

Marvin

Dorothy

Alma mater Yale University

Religion Episcopal

Signature

Website Presidential Library

Military service

Allegiance United States of America

Service/branch United States Navy

Years of service 1942–1945

Rank Lieutenant (junior grade)

Unit Fast Carrier Task Force

Battles/wars World War II

Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal (3)

Presidential Unit Citation

George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) is an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–1993). A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–1989), a congressman, an ambassador and Director of Central Intelligence; he is currently the oldest surviving former President.

Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, to Senator Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Bush postponed going to college, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy at the time.[1][2] He served until the end of the war, then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas and entered the oil business, becoming a millionaire by the age of 40.

He became involved in politics soon after founding his own oil company, serving as a member of the House of Representatives, among other positions. He ran unsuccessfully for president of the United States in 1980, but was chosen by party nominee Ronald Reagan to be the vice presidential nominee, and the two were subsequently elected. During his tenure, Bush headed administration task forces on deregulation and fighting the "War on Drugs".

In 1988, Bush launched a successful campaign to succeed Reagan as president, defeating Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency; military operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian Gulf at a time of world change; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later. Domestically, Bush reneged on a 1988 campaign promise and after a struggle with Congress, signed an increase in taxes that Congress had passed. In the wake of economic concerns, he lost the 1992 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton.

Bush is the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, and Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida. He is the most recent president to have been a World War II veteran. Until the election of his son George W. Bush to the presidency in 2000, Bush was commonly referred to simply as "George Bush"; since that time, the forms "George H. W. Bush", "Bush 41", "Bush the Elder", and "George Bush, Sr." have come into common use as a way to distinguish the father from the son.

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