George Herbert Walker Bush, best known as the 41st President of the United States, and as Ronald Reagan’s Vice President, passed away Friday night in Houston, Texas, at the age of 94. Bush had been battling numerous health issues for years and lost the love of his life and wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, in April.
George H.W. Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. Following the attack in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Bush enlisted in the Navy and was the youngest naval aviator at the time. Some of the highlights of his tenure in the Navy include sinking cargo ships and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944.
In addition to his military career, Bush had a very distinguished political career. His start was in 1963, when he was named the chair of the Harris County Republicans in Texas. Bush was elected to the House of Representatives in 1966 and served two terms in that role. Other roles he held included US Ambassador to the United Nations, head of the RNC, envoy to China, and director of the CIA.
Bush decided to run for President in 1980. His run for the Republican nomination was unsuccessful but he was selected as Ronald Reagan’s running mate. Following Reagan’s landslide victory in 1980 Bush was sworn in as Vice President, a position he held for both of Reagan’s terms. Bush successfully ran for President in 1988 and only served for one term before losing his re-election bid to Bill Clinton in 1992.
Life Outside of Politics
More important to George H.W. Bush than politics was his family life. His seven children were his pride and joy, including his daughter Robin who passed away from cancer at age 3. George and Barbara Bush’s 73 year marriage ended in April when Barbara passed away. Two of George H.W. Bush’s sons, George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, had distinguished political careers themselves. George was the Governor of Texas and 43rd President of the United States while Jeb was the Governor of Florida and a candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016. George H.W. Bush was also known for his humanitarian efforts with former political rival Bill Clinton following the end of Clinton’s presidency in 2001.
George H.W. Bush leaves behind a historic legacy in both the military and politics. He will be remembered well my many on both sides of the political aisle and among his family.
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