- Also Known As:
- Poppy, Papa Bush, Bush 41
- Date of Birth:
- June 12, 1924
- 6' 2"
George H.W. Bush (born George Herbert Walker Bush June 12, 1924 in Milton, MA ) is known for being the 41st president of the United States. He entered the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and became an aviator. After WWII, he attended Yale University, graduating in 1948. He moved his family to West Texas, where he made a fortune in the oil business. He eventually entered politics, becoming a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later the director of the C.I.A. After a failed bid for the presidency in 1980, Ronald Reagan picked him to become his vice presidential running mate on the Republican ticket, winning the election. After Ronnie termed out, George ran for president in 1988 and won, beating Democrat Michael Dukakis. He reneged on his famous “Read my lips: no new taxes” pledge and with a weak economy lost the 2002 presidential election to Bill Clinton. After Bill left office in 2000, George’s son George W. Bush became our 43rd president, beating Vice President Al Gore. Bill and George H.W. went on to become close friends, often doing humanitarian work together.
Best Known For:
George is best known for being the 41st President of the United States.
George was born into a wealthy family and his parents Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy (Walker) Bush moved their family to Greenwich, CT when he was a child. He attended Greenwich Country Day School and later Phillips Andover Academy before attending Yale. George married Barbara Pierce on January 6, 1945, shortly after returning from fighting in WWII. They went on to have six children George Walker Bush (born 1946), Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush (1949–1953, died of leukemia), John Ellis “Jeb” Bush (born 1953), Neil Mallon Pierce Bush (born 1955), Marvin Pierce Bush (born 1956), and Dorothy Bush Koch (born 1959). On Feb. 15, 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — America’s highest civilian honor — by President Barack Obama. He has made it a point to skydive on milestone birthdays, when he turned 80, 85 and 90-years-old. He was admitted to the UCI at Houston Methodist Hospital on Jan. 18 due to respiratory issues stemming from pneumonia.