What could be better than being the father of the POTUS? Be the president yourself! Indeed, George HW Bush got the best of both worlds. He will forever be known to the world as the 41st President of the United States (1989-1983) and father of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.
George HW Bush Biography, Age
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush in Milton, Massachusetts.
The family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut where he attended Greenwich Country Day School. He then attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities both in the classroom and on the sports field.
His plans to go to college were cut short when the United States entered World War II in December 1941. George Bush, then 18, enlisted in the United States Navy, making him the most young navy pilot at that time. While serving in the US Navy during World War II, George Bush had his plane shot down over the Pacific Ocean. Fortunately, he was rescued from Japanese forces by the famous rescue submarine USS Finback
On January 6, 1945, George Bush married his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush (née Pierce). When World War II ended in September 1945, he quickly resumed his studies and enrolled at Yale University. George Bush Sr. was the captain of his varsity baseball team during his senior year at Yale. It was fitting to meet the legendary American baseball player Babe Ruth a few weeks before the latter’s death in August 1948.
George HW Bush graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1948. Upon graduation, he moved his young family to Texas. With the help of his father’s connections, he ventured into the oil industry as an oilfield equipment dealer.
After years of hard work, George Bush Snr. co-founder of the Zapata Petroleum Corporation in 1953. A year later, he was appointed president of the offshore drilling subsidiary known as the Zapata Offshore Company. He moved his family to Houston in 1959 and by 1964 he had made his first million. After that, he turned to public service and politics.
The political career of George WH Bush saw a steady rise through the ranks of several political leaders to the zenith. Prior to serving as President of the United States, George HW Bush served as a Congressman, United States Ambassador to the UN, Director of the CIA, and Vice President of the United States.
George WH Bush was the longest serving President of the United States. In 2017, he overtook former US President Gerald Ford (1913-2006) as the longest-lived US president. He was also the oldest vice president of the United States. On November 30, 2018, the legend passed down at the ripe old age of 94 years and 171 days, occupying the rank of longest-serving President of the United States.
What you need to know about George HW Bush
The marriage between George WH Bush and Barbara Bush was the longest presidential marriage in United States history. The couple had a total of 6 children together – George W. Bush Jnr. (born in 1946), Robin Bush (1949-1953), Jeb Bush Sr. (born in 1953), Neil Mallon Bush (born in 1955), Marvin Pierce Bush (born in 1956) and Dorothy Walker Bush (born in 1959). Tragically, the Bush family lost their daughter Robin Bush when she was 3 years old. She died of complications from leukemia a few weeks before her fourth birthday. In his honor, the Bush family established the Bright Star Foundation to help raise awareness about this disease.
In 1964, conservative Republican George Bush. lost his first attempt to enter the United States Senate. Two years later (1966), he made history as the first Republican to represent Houston in the United States House of Representatives. In 1970, after leaving his seat in the House, he lost his second bid to enter the United States Senate. From 1971 to 1973, he served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He was also Director of the CIA from January 30, 1976 to January 20, 1977.
In 1980, George Bush Snr. made his first attempt at the US presidency. However, he lost the Republican Party nomination to Ronald Reagan. Reagan ultimately chose Bush as his running mate, and the duo won the election. In 1984, Reagan and Bush were successfully re-elected for a second term.
He won the 1988 US presidential election against Michael Dukakis of the Democratic Party. On January 20, 1989, he became the 41st President of the United States. In 1992, he lost his bid for a second term to then-Democratic challenger Bill Clinton, marking his final exit from public office.
- The Bush political dynasty
After losing his re-election bid, GeorgeBush Snr. Retired with his wife Barbara in 1993. The power couple, however, were able to nurture a new generation of powerful politicians within the Bush family. From 2001 to 2009, his first son, George Bush Jr., served as the 43rd President of the United States, becoming the 2nd President of the United States, after John Adams fathered another president. His second son, Jeb Bush, was governor of the US state of Florida between 1999 and 2007.
Despite his age in his final days, George HW Bush still retained his great physical assets and stood tall at 6′ 2″ or 188 cm. Details on his weight and other measurements are not available.