Barbara Bush

First Lady of the United States
Born Jun 8, 1925

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.
1931 6 Years Old Barbara Pierce was born in Flushing, New York. She attended Milton Public School from 1931 to 1937, and Rye Country Day School from 1937-1940. … Read More


1945 20 Years Old 1 More Event
She met George Herbert Walker Bush at age 16, and the two married in Rye, New York 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.


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
1990 - 1992 2 More Events
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
1994 69 Years Old Bush attempted to persuade her son George W. to not run for Governor of Texas in the 1994 gubernatorial election, convinced he could not defeat Ann Richards. … Read More
There, she was introduced by George W. and the following day, received a letter from her son dated January 18, 1995 in which he asserted that he would not be governor had it not been for them. Bush described the letter as having "moved" both her and her husband. On April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was the target of a terrorist bombing that left 168 people dead. … Read More
1999 - 2006 3 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 - 2014 2 More Events
Beginning in February 2016, she was reported to begin campaigning for him in New Hampshire, an early voting state. … Read More
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