Barbara Bush

First Lady of the United States
Born Jun 8, 1925
Age 91
Hometown Flushing
Religion Episcopal Church ...
Alma Mater Smith College

Barbara Pierce Bush is the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She is the mother of the 43rd President, George W. Bush and of the 43rd Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush. Previously she had served as Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.… Read More

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1925 Birth Born on June 8, 1925.


1945 20 Years Old 1 More Event
She met George Herbert Walker Bush at age 16, and the two married in 1945, while he was on leave during his deployment as a Naval officer in World War II. … Read More
1953 28 Years Old In 1953, the Bushes' daughter Robin died of leukemia. … Read More


1959 34 Years Old While in Texas, in 1959, George Bush was elected Harris County Republican Party chairman, in the first of what would become many elections.
1964 39 Years Old His first run for a prominent political office was in 1964, for U.S. Senator from Texas and although he lost, the exposure of the Bush family put George and Barbara Bush on the national scene.


1966 41 Years Old Bush would be elected as a U.S. Representative in Congress from Texas two years later in 1966; while her husband campaigned, Barbara raised her children, occasionally joining him on the trail. … Read More
1970 45 Years Old As the wife of a Congressman, Barbara immersed herself in projects that piqued her interest, included various charities and Republican women's' groups in Washington, D.C. Though her husband lost a second bid for the Senate in 1970, President Richard Nixon appointed him the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, which enabled Barbara to begin forming relationships in New York with prominent diplomats.
1973 48 Years Old As the Watergate scandal heated up in 1973, Nixon asked Bush to become Chairman of the Republican National Committee; Barbara advised her husband to reject the offer because of the harsh political climate, but he accepted anyway.
1974 49 Years Old Nixon's successor, Gerald R. Ford, appointed Bush head of the U.S. Liaison Office in the Peoples Republic of China in 1974, and thus the Bushes moved internationally. … Read More


1980 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Barbara Bush defended her husband's experience and personal qualities when he announced his candidacy for President of the United States in 1980. … Read More
1984 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984 she wrote a children's book about her family told from the point of view of her dog C. Fred entitled C. Fred's Story. … Read More


1988 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988 Vice President Bush announced his candidacy for President to succeed Reagan. … Read More
1992 67 Years Old During her husband's 1992 presidential campaign, Barbara Bush stated that abortion and homosexuality are personal matters and argued that the Republican Party platform should not take a stand on it, saying that "The personal things should be left out of, in my opinion, platforms and conventions." … Read More
Since leaving the White House, she and her husband reside in the River Oaks community in Houston, Texas and at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush described January 20, 1993, the day of Bill Clinton's inauguration, a "tough day" for her and George. … Read More
On January 16, 1995, Bush flew to Austin, Texas with her husband to attend her son George W.'s inauguration as Governor of Texas. … Read More
2003 - 2006 2 More Events
On October 3, 2008, Barbara Bush and her husband George opened the George and Barbara Bush Center on the University of New England waterfront Biddeford Campus a few miles north of Walker's Point. … Read More
2009 84 Years Old Bush underwent aortic valve replacement surgery on March 4, 2009; she was released from the hospital on March 13, 2009.
2010 85 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2010, in partnership with the University of New England, Barbara and George Bush established the George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Series, an annual event honoring the legacy of Barbara and George Bush as political and community leaders.
2013 88 Years Old On December 31, 2013, Bush was hospitalized at The Methodist Hospital, in Houston, Texas, for a "respiratory related issue"; she was in stable condition and had received a visit from her family, according to the Bush family's statement to the media.
2014 89 Years Old On January 4, 2014, Bush was released from the hospital and it was announced she had been suffering from pneumonia. … Read More
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