George H.W. Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018)
41st President of the United States January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
George Herbert Walker Bush was Vice President to Ronald Reagan and defeated Democrat Michael Dukakis in the 1988 Presidential Election.
He was born in Milton, Massachusetts on June 12, 1924, and attended Phillips Academy in Andover. He was the youngest pilot in the Navy to receive his wings and was awarded at Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery during WWII.
IN 1945 he married Barbara Pierce, and they had 6 children. He attended Yale University and moved to West Texas to work in the oil industry. He was elected by Texans twice to the US House of Representatives.
In Washington, he developed a strong background in international politics. He was Ambassador to the United Nations, a Liaison to China, and Director of the CIA. As Vice President under Reagan, he continued his work domestic issues including anti-drug programs and deregulation.
When he was elected to the presidency his was dedicated to creating a “kinder and gentler nation” domestically. He was dedicated to voluntary service, asking citizens to become the “thousand points of light” needed to solve community problems.
Militarily, he saw successes in Panama and the war in the Persian Gulf, known as Operation Desert Storm. These international triumphs were successful, but during this time, the domestic economy faltered.
In his later years, George H.W. Bush worked to support his sons Jeb Bush and George W. Bush in their political careers. In 1993 he was targeted for assassination by the Iraqi Intelligence Service. Then President Clinton retaliated against the attack. Following the violence in Charlottesville he released a statement decrying racial bigotry.
On November 18, 2018, President Bush died of Parkinson’s Disease. He is buried next to his wife Barbara and daughter Robin at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.
Two stars have been named for George H. W. Bush
President George Bush & Family
Auriga RA 5h 10m 56.00s D 50° 6' 0.00"
January 20, 1989
Gemini RA 7h 6m 19.00s D 20° 40' 0.00"
June 18, 1991