41. George H. W. Bush

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“Poppy”


Presidential Basics

  • Full name: George Herbert Walker Bush
  • Years in office: 1989–1993
  • Political party: Republican
  • Vice president: Danforth Quayle
  • Age at inauguration: 64
  • Nicknames: “Poppy”

Random Trivia

  • The skydiver: George H. W. Bush went skydiving to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Birth & Death

  • Birthday: June 12, 1924
  • Birthplace: East Milton, Massachusetts
  • Death: Still living

Family

  • Father: Prescott Bush (1895–1972); Investment banker, U.S. Senator
  • Mother: Dorothy Walker Bush (1901–1992)
  • Wife: Barbara Pierce (1925 –)
  • Marriage: January 6, 1945 in New York
  • Kids: Six
    • George Walker (1946–)
    • Robin (1949–1953)
    • John Ellis (Jeb) (1953–)
    • Neil (1955–)
    • Marvin (1956–)
    • Dorothy (1959–)
  • Home: Houston, Texas; Kennebunkport, Maine

Other Facts

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Ancestry: English
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Born in a log cabin: No
  • Owned enslaved people: No
  • Freemason: No

Education

  • Early Education: Private schools; Phillips Academy at Andover
  • College degree: Yes
  • College: Yale (graduated with B.A. 1945)

Career

  • Military Service: Yes
  • Lawyer: No
  • Pilot, U.S. Navy (1942–1945)
  • Partner, Bush-Overbey, Co. (1950–1953)
  • Co-founder, Zapata Petroleum Corp. (1953–1964)
  • Chairman, Harris County (Texas) Republican Party (1962–1964)
  • Member of U.S. House of Representatives (1967–1971)
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1971–1973)
  • Chairman, Republican National Committee (1973–1974)
  • U.S. Ambassador to People’s Republic of China (1974–1975)
  • Director, Central Intelligence Agency (1975–1977)
  • Vice President: Reagan administration (1981–1989)
  • President (1989–1993)
  • Writer
  • Public Speaker

Writings

  • Looking Forward
  • A World Transformed
  • Heartbeat

Election

In the election of 1988, George Bush promised to build on the legacy of Ronald Reagan.  His opponent, Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, was the more liberal candidate. With debates, commercials, and t.v. coverage, this election is well-known for its famous soundbites and gaffes.  Bush assured, “Read my lips: no new taxes.”  The Dukakis campaign took a major hit when he was filmed in a tank with a helmet and smile.  And, Lloyd Bentsen famously told Dan Qualye, “”Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy,” after Qualye compared his record to that of Kennedy’s. Bush won the election with 79% of the electoral votes.


Campaign Poster

41 Gb, Bush-Quayle '88, poster, 1988
Bush-Quayle ’88, poster, 1988 (Library of Congress)

 


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