Wife: Barbara Pierce (1925- ), on January 6,
Kids: George Walker Bush (1946- ); Robin Bush
(1949-53); John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (1953- );
Neil Bush (1955- ); Marvin Bush (1956- ); Dorothy Bush
Pets: Millie, a Springer spaniel; Ranger, one
of Millie's pups
Bio: George Herbert Walker Bush, (1924- ), was
the 41st President Of The United States. He was born
to a wealthy investment banker in Milton, Massachusetts,
on June 12, 1924. George grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut,
where he attended the Country Day School. He later attended
Phillips Academy, in Andover, Mass. At the age of 18,
he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and for a time was the
navy's youngest pilot. During one of his 58 missions,
he was shot down and rescued by a submarine.
In 1945, Bush married Barbara Pierce of Rye, New York.
They had six children, one of which died of leukemia
as a toddler.
In 1948, Bush graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University
with a B.A. in economics. Then, the Bushes moved to
Texas where he began a highly successful career in the
oil industry. In 1966 he ran for a seat in the U.S.
House of Representatives and won. The first Republican
to represent Houston, he was reelected in 1968. At the
end of 1975, Ford was appointed director of the Central
Bush campaigned for the 1980 Republican nomination,
but lost to Reagan. Reagan then asked Bush to accept
the vice presidency, and Bush eagerly accepted. Reagan
and Bush were sworn in on Jan. 20, 1981.
Bush entered the 1988 presidential race calling for
a "kinder, gentler nation." His other mantra
was "Read my lips. No new taxes," which would
haunt him after raising taxes 2 years later. His choice
for vice president was controversial but did not stop
him from winning the election. Inaugurated as president
on Jan. 20, 1989, the Bushes greeted tourists on his
first full day as president.
However, Bush regained the confidence of the public
during the Iraqi war in which the US ousted Saddham
Hussein from Kuwait. Even so, Bush lost to Bill Clinton
in the 1992 elections and retired to Texas.