Barbara Bush
First Lady of the United States
Barbara Bush
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.
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Ex-President George HW Bush Moved Out of ICU; Barbara Bush Sent Home
abc News - 29 days
The Bushes' 72-year marriage is the longest of any presidential couple.
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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush's health improves
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is recovering well from pneumonia but will remain in the intensive care unit at the Texas hospital where he has spent the last week, a spokesman said in a statement. Barbara Bush, his wife, was also taken to the Houston Methodist Hospital this week with bronchitis but may be well enough to be discharged on Sunday, the statement said. "Following another good night's rest, President and Mrs. Bush have both continued to improve over the past 24 hours," Jim McGrath, the spokesman, said in his statement.
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Ex-president George H.W. Bush had good night's rest, remains in ICU
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Former U.S. president George H.W. Bush remains in stable condition with pneumonia in the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital and his wife, Barbara Bush, is making progress for treatment of bronchitis at the same hospital, a spokesman said on Thursday. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement that Bush's doctors were determining whether his breathing tube can be removed and that he had a good night's rest. George Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, has been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, McGrath has said.
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Jenna Bush Hager shares photos of Obama sisters’ first White House visit
Yahoo News - about 1 month
One day after writing a heartfelt letter to Malia and Sasha Obama with her sister, Barbara Bush, Jenna Bush Hager shared rare photos of the Obama’s first White House visit on Today. Jenna shared the wonderful memories she and her sister made while living at the White House, but also how life after the world’s most famous home turned out to be “really terrific.” She said she hoped that Malia and Sasha will have similar experiences. The Bush sisters shared an inside look at the first time the Obama daughter’s experienced the wonder of their new home, including a chance to slide down the banister of a solarium.
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Bush daughters read letter to Sasha and Malia
CNN - about 1 month
Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush penned an open letter offering advice to Sasha and Malia Obama as they prepare for life after the White House.
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Bush Twins Give Malia And Sasha Obama Advice On Life After The White House
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, former President George W. Bush’s twin daughters, penned a letter to Malia and Sasha Obama offering the first kids some words of wisdom on what life is like after leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The letter, published by Time on Thursday, recounts the first time the Bush daughters met the Obama girls, shortly after President Barack Obama’s victory in November 2008.  “We saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home,” the Bushes wrote. “When you slid down the banister of the solarium, just as we had done as 8-year-olds and again as 20-year-olds chasing our youth, your joy and laughter were contagious.” Reflecting on the many rare opportunities afforded to first children, as well as the challenges of constant public scrutiny, the Bush twins urged the Obamas to seize the chance to make lives of their own.  “Now you are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children—a position you didn’t seek and ...
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George H.W. Bush And Barbara Bush Celebrate 72 Years Of Marriage
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Happy anniversary to George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush! The former president, 92, and former first lady celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on Friday. They are the longest-married couple in presidential history, followed by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, who married in 1946.  Wow! George H.W. Bush and Barbara Pierce - married On This Day in 1945. Happy 72nd anniversary - longest in presidential history. Amazing! — West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) January 6, 2017 The couple tied the knot on Jan. 6, 1945 in Rye, New York while George was home on leave from the Navy during World War II. They went on to have six children ― four sons including George, Jeb, Neil and Marvin and two daughters Dorothy and Robin, who died at age three of leukemia.  Seventy years ago this very day, Barbara Pierce of Rye, NY made me the happiest, and luckiest, man on earth. — George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) January 6, 2015 ...
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Beyoncé Used A Famous Hillary Clinton Quote To Make A Big Feminist Statement
Huffington Post - 4 months
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Bush Cousin Stapleton Doesn't Disavow Trump
Huffington Post - 4 months
In an appearance on KNUS 710-AM's Kelley and Kafer Oct. 11, Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton chose not to disavow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump--as Stapleton's second cousin, failed presidential canidate Jeb Bush, has done. Asked by host Steve Kelley for a "quick comment" about the "top of the ticket," Stapleton stopped short of denouncing the mogul: Stapleton: "Well, you know, I think it's a messy situation. It's an unfortunate situation. I think it's a lost opportunity to expose the many, many flaws that Hillary Clinton has.  I think she's a very duplicitous individual. And I just wish we could find a way to pull it together. And in the last month of the campaign, we should be uniting Republicans, not dividing Republicans. So, I'm pretty frustrated, as you might imagine, with the 'macro' -- I guess -- state of affairs on the national level, which is why I am really redoubling my efforts to focus here in Colorado on what's at stake on the ballot this election c ...
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RSU Podcast Episode 202: Barbara Bush For President
Huffington Post - 5 months
Daddy Bush says he's voting for Hillary! Reince Priebus threatens Republicans! Fat terrorist gets caught! Press finally turns on Trump! Skittles! Is Trump more Ralph Kramden or Barney Fife? Jackie and Dunlap discuss. Sponsors: Spiffy Uncle Marlin's Haircuts and Handshakes and Wizardbeards' Meditation Caboose. YouTube | iTunes | podcast | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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10 things you didn't know about author Brad Meltzer
Huffington Post - 6 months
10 With Tom 10 questions in 10 minutes Brad and his two new children's books. Photos courtesy Brad Meltzer. Brad Meltzer is a well known, best selling novelist who writes political thrillers and non-fiction. He's also a comic book author, having written for DC Comics' Green Arrow, also Superman/Batman, Justice League of America series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and so many more. Brad is also well-known from his excellent TV shows, "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" and "Brad Meltzer's Lost History." He has two new children's books out, "I am Jane Goodall," and "I am George Washington," also "The House of Secrets." I asked Brad the 10 With Tom questions. Here they are: TOM: I see you were one of the entertainers at Barbara Bush's 90th birthday party. What did you do to entertain the guests? BRAD: The only thing I know how to do: Tell stories. TOM: Who would you rather be Batman or Superman? Why? BRAD: Batman. He'll never win. He'll never stop crime. He'll never bring back ...
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Barbara Bush Fast Facts
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Bush
  • 2016
    Age 90
    Upon the death of Nancy Reagan on March 6, 2016, Bush became the oldest living First Lady.
    More Details Hide Details In 1995, Bush received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. In 1997, she was the recipient of The Miss America Woman of Achievement Award for her work with literacy programs.
    During the CBS Republican debate in February 2016, Jeb defended his mother by saying she "is the strongest woman I know", to which Trump replied that Barbara Bush "should be running."
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    Beginning in February 2016, she was reported to begin campaigning for him in New Hampshire, an early voting state.
    More Details Hide Details Jeb Bush joked that a town hall meeting attended by his mother featured a larger gathering than town halls prior to her involvement. Concerning her son, she believes Jeb is nearly too well-mannered, but also is confident that he is "decent and honest, and everything we need in a president." Bush weighed in on Jeb's rival for the nomination, Donald Trump, by her own admission not understanding how women "can vote for someone who said what he said about Megyn Kelly". She also indicated that she had tired of Trump over the course of the campaign and due to her gender, she was "not crazy about what he says about women."
  • 2014
    Age 88
    On January 4, 2014, Bush was released from the hospital and it was announced she had been suffering from pneumonia.
    More Details Hide Details She was quoted as saying, "I cannot thank the doctors and nurses at Houston Methodist enough for making sure I got the best treatment and got back to George and our dogs as quickly as possible." Bush was initially opposed to a potential presidential bid for her son Jeb Bush, believing that other families should have a try at the presidency and that "we've had enough Bushes." However, she reversed her position and appeared in a campaign ad for him.
  • 2013
    Age 87
    On December 31, 2013, Bush was hospitalized at Houston Methodist Hospital 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.
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  • 2010
    Age 84
    In a November 2010 interview with Larry King, Bush was asked about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
    More Details Hide Details Bush remarked, "I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there." Palin responded, "I don't want to, sort of, concede that we have to get used to this kind of thing, because I think the majority of Americans don't want to put up with the blue-bloods – and I say it with all due respect, because I love the Bushes – but, the blue-bloods, who want to pick and choose their winners, instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners."
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 83
    Bush underwent aortic valve replacement surgery on March 4, 2009; she was released from the hospital on March 13, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 82
    She was released December 2, 2008 and was reported to be doing well.
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    In November 2008 Bush was hospitalized for abdominal pains.
    More Details Hide Details On November 25, a dime-sized hole in her small intestine, that was caused by an ulcer, was closed by surgeons.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The George and Barbara Bush Center lays the foundation for the heritage of Barbara Bush in New England and houses The Bush Legacy Collection, material securing the Bush legacy in Maine, including memorabilia on loan from the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University. Particular attention is given to the family’s New England heritage and to Barbara Bush’s love for Maine.
  • 2006
    Age 80
    The remarks generated controversy. In 2006, it was revealed that Barbara Bush donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Bush–Clinton Katrina Fund on the condition that the charity do business with an educational software company owned by her son Neil Bush.
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  • 2003
    Age 77
    On March 18, 2003, two days before the beginning of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, when her son George W. Bush was holding the office of the presidency, ABC's Good Morning America asked her about her family's television viewing habits; she replied:
    More Details Hide Details I watch none. He President George H. W. Bush sits and listens and I read books, because I know perfectly well that, don't take offense, that 90 percent of what I hear on television is supposition, when we're talking about the news. And he's not, not as understanding of my pettiness about that. But why should we hear about body bags and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or that or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it's not relevant. So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that, and watch him suffer. While visiting a Houston relief center for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Bush told the radio program Marketplace, Almost everyone I've talked to says, 'We're gonna move to Houston.' What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas... Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality, and so many of the people in the arenas here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this (as she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them.
  • 1999
    Age 73
    Bush campaigned for her son George W., after his announcement of a presidential campaign in June 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the country, she met with women in support of his campaign, but remained doubtful of his chances of winning. The resentment toward the campaign continued with her rejecting any criticism of her son said in her presence and refused to watch any debates, a contrast to her husband's willingness to listen and his watching of every debate, creating friction between the couple. Several schools have been named for her: three primary schools and two middle schools in Texas and an elementary school in Mesa, Arizona. Also named for her is the Barbara Bush Library in Harris County, Texas and the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She serves on the Boards of AmeriCares and the Mayo Clinic, and heads the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
  • 1995
    Age 69
    On September 28, 1995, the Bushes drove to Portland, Maine for the announcement of the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Bush said her life was being stretched, adding, "Long after I am gone this hospital will be there with my name." The Bushes visited the children there, and Mrs. Bush started to recall her daughter Robin after seeing them. The Bushes returned home early that month.
    On September 3, 1995, the Bushes went to Vietnam.
    More Details Hide Details This was "unbelievable" to Barbara because she "never expected to set foot in what had been North Vietnam." The Bushes first went to Hanoi and then to Ho Chi Minh City. The Bushes met with President Lê Đức Anh and party secretary Đỗ Mười.
    The next day, April 20, 1995, the Bushes were scheduled to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    More Details Hide Details Barbara was supposed to speak at a Junior League event in the noon and accompany her husband at the Salvation Army annual dinner. The Bushes debated whether or not they should continue with their plans due to the bombing, ultimately deciding to go because "both groups help people in need."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details One of the people that died in the attack was Al Whicher, who had served on George H. W. Bush's Secret Security Detail. Bush called the man who served under her husband, "a devoted husband and father."
  • 1994
    Age 68
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Several days after George W. was sworn in, Bush went to a Distinguished Speakers Event at the LBJ Library for Lady Bird Johnson.
  • 1993
    Age 67
    On April 27, 1993, Bush and her husband had breakfast with Margaret Thatcher during her speaking tour.
    More Details Hide Details Thatcher mentioned the most recent celebration of former President Ronald Reagan's birthday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, where he orated the same card twice. Bush read about the incident after Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, which she called a "tragedy for both" Mr. and Mrs. Reagan. On January 16, 1995, Bush flew to Austin, Texas with her husband to attend her son George W.'s inauguration as Governor of Texas. After attending a church service, the family went to the state capitol for the ceremony. While waiting, the Bushes had visits from former governors and their wives. After dining in the Governor's Mansion, the Bushes and their son Marvin flew back to Houston.
    A month after they left office, in February 1993, Bush was surprised by her husband when he booked them on the "Love Boat" ship Regal Princess.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details After returning to Houston, the two were visited by their son George W. and at that point Barbara realized she had not cooked in twelve years, and had difficulty driving on her own to the point where she did not drive far from home for a long time and her husband warned people to get out of the way if they saw her car.
  • 1992
    Age 66
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Her personal views on abortion were not known, although her friends reported at that time that she "privately supported abortion rights." She explained, "I hate abortions, but I just could not make that choice for someone else." Bush disclosed she was suffering from an overactive thyroid ailment known as Graves' disease when she lived at the White House. George H.W. Bush came down with the same malady not long after his wife. It is rare for two biologically unrelated people in the same household to develop Graves disease within two years of each other. The Bush dog, Millie, came down with Graves' disease, too, although there are reports that she had a different auto-immune disease, lupus. Because of the remarkable coincidence of three cases of auto-immune disease in one household, the Secret Service tested the water in the White House, at Camp David, at the Vice President's residence, and at Walker's Point (Bush's home in Maine) for lithium and iodine, two substances "known to cause thyroid problems". Bush was more popular than her immediate predecessor Nancy Reagan and successor Hillary Clinton because she carefully "avoided controversy," and took very few positions publicly on issues.
  • 1990
    Age 64
    Her Wellesley College commencement address, given in 1990, was listed as #45 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century (listed by rank).
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  • 1988
    Age 62
    Bush was elected in November 1988 and sworn in on January 20, 1989 – and the nation had a new first lady.
    More Details Hide Details Barbara Bush's cause as First Lady was family literacy, and she called it "the most important issue we have". She became involved with many literacy organizations, served on literacy committees and chaired many reading organizations. Eventually, she helped develop the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She continues to be dedicated to eliminating the generational cycle of illiteracy in America by supporting programs where parents and their young children are able to learn together. During the early 1980s, after statistics had shown that foreign born immigrants from Latin America had nearly quintupled just since 1960, statistics showed that 35 million adults could not read above the eighth-grade level and that 23 million were not able to read beyond a fourth-grade level. Mrs. Bush appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss the situation and spoke regularly on Mrs. Bush's Story Time, a national radio program that stressed the importance of reading aloud to children. Today, her children Jeb Bush and Doro Bush Koch serve as co-chairs of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Mrs. Bush remains active in the foundation and serves as honorary chair.
    In 1988, Vice President Bush announced his candidacy for President to succeed Reagan.
    More Details Hide Details By this time Barbara had experienced two presidential campaigns, but broke new ground by becoming the second candidate's spouse to speak at the national party convention that nominated her husband (after Eleanor Roosevelt in 1940). She promised voters that she would be a traditional first lady and campaigned actively for her husband. The campaign at times focused on the large Bush family, and contrasted her with the First Lady, Nancy Reagan, by highlighting her interest in domestic staples such as church, gardening, and time spent with family while placing less emphasis on style sense and fashion; she drew attention to both her famous white hair and disinterest in wearing designer clothes. She generally avoided discussion of political issues during the campaign, particularly those on which she and her husband differed, and those closely involved with the campaign have reported that she was actively involved in campaign strategy.
  • 1984
    Age 58
    During the 1984 presidential campaign, Barbara made headlines when she told the press that she could not say on television what she thought of Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, but "it rhymes with rich".
    More Details Hide Details She later apologized to Ferraro.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She donated all proceeds from the book to literacy charities. Now comfortable speaking in front of groups, she routinely spoke to promote issues she believed in and became famous for expressing a sense of humor and self-deprecating wit.
  • 1980
    Age 54
    Reagan, however, chose Bush to be his running mate and the team was elected in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Barbara Bush's eight years as Second Lady allowed her to become a common household name. She took an interest in literacy issues after her son Neil was diagnosed with dyslexia and began working with several different literacy organizations. She spent much time researching and learning about the factors that contributed to illiteracy – she believed homelessness was also connected to illiteracy – and the efforts underway to combat both. She traveled around the country and the world, both with the Vice President on official trips and by herself.
    Barbara Bush defended her husband's experience and personal qualities when he announced his candidacy for President of the United States in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details She caused a stir when she said that she supported ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and was pro-choice on abortion. This placed her at odds with the conservative-wing of the Republican party, led by California Governor Ronald Reagan; Reagan would receive the presidential nomination over her husband.
  • 1974
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Barbara enjoyed her time spent in China, and often rode bicycles with her husband to explore the cities and regions that few Americans had traveled to. Just three years later Bush was recalled to the U.S. to serve as Director of Central Intelligence during a crucial time of legal uncertainty for the agency. Her husband was not allowed to share pertinent aspects of his job with Barbara, as they were classified; the ensuing sense of isolation, coupled with her perception that she was not achieving her goals while other women of her time were, plunged her into a depression. She did not seek professional help and instead began delivering speeches and presentations about her time spent in the closed-off China and began volunteering at a hospice.
  • 1973
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 44
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Over the ensuing years, George Bush would be elected or appointed to several different positions in the U.S. Congress or the Executive branch, or government-related posts, and Barbara Bush would accompany him every step of the way.
  • 1964
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 33
    While in Texas, in 1959, George Bush was elected Harris County Republican Party chairman, in the first of what would become many elections.
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  • 1953
    Age 27
    In 1953, the Bushes' daughter, Robin, died of leukemia.
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  • 1945
    Age 19
    When he returned on leave, she had dropped out of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; two weeks later, on January 6, 1945, they were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York.
    More Details Hide Details For the first eight months of their marriage, the Bushes moved around the Eastern United States, to places including Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia, as George Bush's Navy squadron training required his presence at bases in such states. Over the next 13 years, George and Barbara Bush had six children: George W. Bush (born July 6, 1946), Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush (December 20, 1949 – October 11, 1953, died of leukemia), John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (born February 11, 1953), Neil Mallon Bush (born January 22, 1955), Marvin Pierce Bush (born October 22, 1956), and Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch (born August 18, 1959). From their 5 living children, they have 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. After the war ended, George Bush graduated from Yale University and the young family soon moved to Odessa, Texas, where Bush entered the oil business. They moved to several small suburbs around Los Angeles, California, before settling in Midland, Texas, in 1950. The Bushes would move some twenty-nine times during their marriage. Over time, Bush would build a business in the oil industry and found the successful Zapata Corporation. Barbara raised her children while her husband was usually away on business.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They had six children together. The Bush family soon moved to Midland, Texas; as George Bush entered political life, she raised their children. While First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush worked to advance the cause of universal literacy, and founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Barbara Pierce was born at Booth Memorial Hospital in Flushing, Queens, in New York City, and raised in the suburban town of Rye, New York. She is the third child of Pauline (née Robinson; 1896–1949) and her husband Marvin Pierce (1893–1969), who later became president of McCall Corporation, the publisher of the popular women's magazines Redbook and McCall's. Her siblings include Martha Pierce Rafferty (1920–1999); James Pierce (1921–1993), and Scott Pierce (born 1930). Her ancestor Thomas Pierce, Jr., an early New England colonist, was also an ancestor of Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States. She is the fourth cousin, four times removed, of Franklin Pierce and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  • 1931
    Age 5
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She graduated from Ashley Hall School in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1925
    Born on June 8, 1925.
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