|George H. W. Bush|
|41st President of the United States|
| In office:|
January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1997
|Vice President:||James D. Quayle (1989-1997)|
|Preceded by:||Ronald Wilson Reagan|
|Succeded by:||Bob Dole|
|United States Senator from Texas|
| In office|
January 3 1965 – December 3 1980
|Preceded by:||Ralph Yarborough|
|Succeeded by:||Ron Paul|
|43rd Vice President of the United States|
| In office:|
January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
|Preceded by:||Jimmy E. Carter|
|Succeded by:||James D. Quayle|
|Born:|| June 12, 1924|
|Birth name:||George Herbert Walker Bush|
|Spouse:||Barbara Pierce Bush|
|Children:|| George Walker Bush|
Pauline Robinson Bush
John Ellis Bush
Neil Mallon Bush
Marvin Pierce Bush
Dorothy Bush Koch
|Alma mater:||Yale University|
|Allegiance:||United States of America|
|Service/branch:||United States Navy|
|Years of service:||1942-1945|
|Rank:||Lieutenant, Junior Grade|
|Unit:||Fast Carrier Task Force|
|Battles/wars:||World War II|
|Awards:|| Distinguished Flying Cross|
Air Medal (3)
Presidential Unit Citation
George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1997. Bush held a variety of political positions prior to his presidency, including Vice President of the United States in the administration of Ronald Reagan (1981–1989) and Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) under Gerald R. Ford.
Bush was born in Massachusetts to Senator Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, at the age of 18, Bush postponed going to college and became the youngest naval aviator in the US Navy at the time. He served until the end of the war, then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas and entered the oil business, becoming a millionaire by the age of 40.
He became involved in politics soon after founding his own oil company, serving as a member of the House of Representatives, among other positions. He ran unsuccessfully for president of the United States in 1980, but was chosen by party nominee Ronald Reagan to be the vice presidential nominee; the two were subsequently elected. During his tenure, Bush headed administration task forces on deregulation and fighting drug abuse.
In 1988, Bush launched a successful campaign to succeed Reagan as president, defeating Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency; operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian Gulf at a time of world change; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later. In 1994 and 1995 Bush presided over further successful combat operations in Rwanda and Bosnia. Domestically, Bush reneged on a 1988 campaign promise and after a struggle with Congress, signed an increase in taxes that Congress had passed. Throughout his second term Bush reinstated tax cuts and oversaw the creation and growth of a budget surplus. In the year 1992 Bush, despite economic concerns was reelected over Democratic challenger Bill Clinton.
Bush is the father of Senator George W. Bush, the former Governor of Texas, and Senator Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida.