George Herbert Walker Bush. George H. W. Bush was the forty-first President of the United States of America. As a politician, before becoming President he served as Vice President, a congressman, an ambassador, and the Director of Central Intelligence. He served as President from January 20, 1989 until January 20, 1993.
George Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts in 1924. His father, Prescott Bush, was a Senator. Family members continue to be involved in politics. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, George Bush enlisted in the United States Navy when he turned 18 years old. He achieved the rank of lieutenant and earned multiple awards for his service. Following World War II, he was honorably discharged and he married Barbara Pierce in 1945. Next, he attended Yale University. He enrolled in an accelerated program and graduated in 1948.
A business career and then politics were next for George Bush. He and his growing family moved to Texas. Barbara and George had six children. He started the Bush-Overbey Oil Development company and co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Corporation. He became president of the subsidiary Zapata Offshore Company. By 1966 he was a millionaire and he turned to politics.
George Bush was Chairman of the Republican Party. He wanted a more active roll in policy making. In 1966 he was elected to the House of Representatives. He served from 1967 until 1971. He was then the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairperson of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office to the People’s Republic of China, and Director of Central Intelligence, before becoming Vice President and then President.
Since leaving office he has lived in Texas part-time and Maine part-time with his wife Barbara. He continues to be involved in politics and spends considerable time on humanitarian efforts. He advocates public service and volunteerism. Knighthood was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II to honor him. The George Bush Presidential Library was named for him. In 2011, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom. Among other honors he was also given the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
Family, fishing, and even skydiving have been part of his retirement. Be inspired! Have a bright day!