George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush

Born Jun 12, 1924

George Herbert Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–93). A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–89), a congressman, an ambassador, a Director of Central Intelligence, and is currently the oldest surviving president. Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, to Senator Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush.… Read More

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1924 Birth George Herbert Walker Bush was born at 173 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924 to Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy (Walker) Bush. … Read More


1936 12 Years Old Bush began his formal education at the Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich. Beginning in 1936, he attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he held a number of leadership positions including president of the senior class, secretary of the student council, president of the community fund-raising group, a member of the editorial board of the school newspaper, and captain of both the varsity baseball and soccer teams.
1941 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, to Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Bush postponed college, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy at the time. … Read More
1942 18 Years Old Navy, so after graduating from Phillips Academy in 1942, he became a naval aviator at the age of 18.
1943 19 Years Old 1 More Event
After completing the 10-month course, he was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on June 9, 1943, just three days before his 19th birthday, which made him the youngest naval aviator to that date.


After Bush's promotion to Lieutenant (junior grade) on August 1, 1944, the San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands. … Read More
1945 21 Years Old 1 More Event
George Bush married Barbara Pierce on January 6, 1945, only weeks after his return from the Pacific. … Read More
1948 24 Years Old He graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. … Read More
1951 27 Years Old While working for Dresser, Bush lived in various places with his family: Odessa, Texas; Ventura, Bakersfield and Compton, California; and Midland, Texas. (According to eldest son George W. Bush, then age two, the family lived in one of the few duplexes in Odessa with an indoor bathroom, which they "shared with a couple of hookers".) Bush started the Bush-Overbey Oil Development company in 1951 and in 1953 co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Corporation, an oil company that drilled in the Permian Basin in Texas.


1954 30 Years Old In 1954 he was named president of the Zapata Offshore Company, a subsidiary which specialized in offshore drilling.
1955 31 Years Old …  The Library operates under NARA's administration and the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955's provisions. … Read More
1959 35 Years Old In 1959, shortly after the subsidiary became independent, Bush moved the company and his family from Midland to Houston.


1964 40 Years Old 1 More Event
He continued serving as president of the company until 1964, and later chairman until 1966, but his ambitions turned political. … Read More
1966 42 Years Old Bush was elected in 1966 to a House of Representatives seat from the 7th District of Texas, defeating with 57 percent of the ballots cast the Democrat Frank Briscoe, the district attorney of Harris County known for his law and order credentials and a cousin of later Governor Dolph Briscoe. … Read More
1968 44 Years Old 1 More Event
His voting record in the House was generally conservative: Bush voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1968, although it was generally unpopular in his district. … Read More
1970 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1970 Nixon convinced Bush to relinquish his House seat to run for the Senate against Ralph Yarborough, a fierce Nixon critic. … Read More


1974 50 Years Old Nixon did this on August 9, 1974; Bush noted in his diary that "There was an aura of sadness, like somebody died. … Read More
Bush was again passed over for the vice presidency by Ford when the president chose Bush's future presidential rival, Senator Bob Dole, to replace Rockefeller on the 1976 presidential ticket.
1977 53 Years Old 1 More Event
After a Democratic administration took power in 1977, Bush became chairman on the Executive Committee of the First International Bank in Houston. … Read More
Bush became involved in politics soon after founding his own oil company, serving as a member of the House of Representatives and Director of Central Intelligence, among other positions. He failed to win the Republican nomination for President in 1980, but was chosen as a running mate by party nominee Ronald Reagan, and the two were elected. … Read More


1984 - 1987 5 More Events
In 1988, Bush ran a successful campaign to succeed Reagan as President, defeating Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis.
Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency: military operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian Gulf; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later. … Read More
1990 - 1991 5 More Events
In the wake of a weak recovery from an economic recession, along with continuing budget deficits and the controversy over his appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, he lost the 1992 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton.
Bush left office in 1993.
1995 - 2008 11 More Events
On January 10, 2009, both George H. W. and George W. Bush were present at the commissioning of the, the tenth and last supercarrier of the United States Navy.
2011 - 2013 4 More Events
In April 2014, Frederick D. McClure, chief executive of the Bush library foundation, organized a three-day gathering in College Park, Texas, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bush administration.
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