Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, dies at 94

Dec. 3, 2018: Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Republican, the 41st President of the United States, died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. He was 94. His death was announced in a tweet by Jim McGrath, his Spokesman. The cause of his death was not immediately available. In 2012, Bush announced that he had vascular parkinsonism, a condition that limited his mobility. His wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, died on April 17, 2018. The afternoon before his wife’s service, the frail former President summoned the strength to sit for twenty minutes in his wheelchair before her flower-laden coffin and accept condolences from some of the 6,000 people who lined up to pay their respects at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Bush reached the Oval Office after holding the office of Vice President with former President Reagan for eight years. Bush took office as President—for one four-year term—on Jan. 20, 1989, with a long career as a government official and military official. Bush was a decorated U.S. Navy Pilot—his plane was shot down during World War II; a successful oil industry executive; a Congressman; a United Nations Delegate; the National Republican Party Chairman; an enjoy to Beijing, China; and the Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. His son, George W. Bush, was the 43rd President of the United States, a position that the younger Bush held for eight years. During George H. W. Bush’s term as President, Bush suddenly found himself at the helm of the world’s only remaining superpower. The Berlin Wall fell; the Soviet Union ceased to exist; the communist bloc in Eastern Europe broke up; and the Cold War ended. Thus, in 1990, Bush famously declared that a “new world order” existed. George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Mass., on June 12, 1924. He grew up in Greenwich, Conn., the second of five children of Prescott Bush and the former Dorothy Walker. His father, an Ohio native and business executive, became a Wall Street banker and a senator from Connecticut, setting a course for the next two generations of Bush men to follow. His mother, a Maine native, was the daughter of a wealthy investment banker. At a prep school party during the 1941 Christmas season, he spotted a girl in a red-and-green dress. He asked another boy to introduce him to Barbara Pierce, whose father was head of the McCall’s publishing empire. They were subsequently married for 73 years. In 1966, after selling his interest in his oil company, Bush was elected to the first of two terms in Congress from a House district in Houston. After Bush’s 1970 U.S. Senate defeat, there came a rapid progression of high-profile jobs that began when former President Nixon named him as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In 1973 and 1974, Bush was the Chairman of the Republican National Committee during the waning days of the Watergate scandal. Bush was subsequently the U.S. Vice President during Reagan’s two terms as President from 1980 to 1988. In 1988, Bush ran for President and won. He won the election with 53 percent of the vote. He carried forty states and he received 426 electoral votes. Bush was the first sitting Vice President elected to the nation’s highest office since Martin Van Buren succeeded Andrew Jackson in 1837.

Attribution: The Washington Post

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