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George Bush is the second president whose son became president.
At age eighteen, he was the youngest pilot to see action in World War II and was awarded the Flying Cross Award for heroism.
He presided over the American invasion of Panama.
He presided over Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait.
He was the first vice president elected president since Martin Van Buren. He was also the first vice president to lose re-election since Van Buren.


George Bush
(June 12, 1924 - )

Life Facts

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First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush, Wife
Number of Children: 6
Education Level: College
School Attended: Yale University
Religion: Episcopalian
Profession: Military, Business
Military Service: Lieutenant (junior)

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993
Presidency Number: 41
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Defeat
Party: Republican
His Vice President(s): Dan Quayle
Vice President For: Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
House of Representatives: Texas (1967-1971)
Other Offices: Ambassador to the United Nations; Chairman of the Republican National Committee; Chief US Liaison in China; Director of the CIA
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: George Bush Birthplace
Library: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: George Bush Library - College Station, TX, 409-260-9554
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George Bush Life Portrait: From George Bush Presidential Library - College Station, TX
 Guests included: John Robert Greene, author, The Presidency of George Bush; David Alsobrook, director, George Bush Library; Warren Finch, supervisory archivist, George Bush Library; and Patricia Burchfield, curator, George Bush Library Watch | Order Videotape
Tour of Bush's personal office (Houston, TX) Watch

Hofstra University panel rating Bush presidency Watch

  1988 acceptance speech (GOP convention) Watch

1988 campaign ad, "Bush Biography" Watch

  1988 campaign ad, "I Am What I Am" Watch

1988 Bush - Dukakis presidential debateWatch

  1989 Inauguration Watch

Bush press conference on Kuwait Watch

  Address to Congress on end of Persian Gulf War Watch

Announcement of Clarence Thomas nomination Watch

  Booknotes with John Podhoretz,Hell of a Ride: Backstage at The White House Follies, 1989-1993 Watch

Bush biographical vignette Watch

George Bush on his book All The Best, George Bush: My Life In Letters and Other Writings Watch

1999 Bush interview Watch      

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