Key Dates

1942 George Bush enters the U.S. Navy and serves in WW II.

1948 Bush graduates from Yale University.

1953 Robin Bush, daughter of George and Barbara dies of leukemia.

1966 Bush is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

1976 President Ford appoints Bush director of the CIA.

1980 Bush is elected Vice President for Ronald Reagan and serves two terms.

1988 Bush is elected President.

1991 U.S. launches Operation Desert Storm.

1992 Bush is defeated by Bill Clinton for the Presidency.


George Herbert Walker Bush
1988 - 1992
41st President

George Herbert Walker Bush was one of four Presidents to be born in Massachusetts. He was born in Milton, Massachusetts on June 12, 1924.

George Bush was the captain of the baseball team at Yale University.

Bush requested Nixon's resignation as president in the name of the Republican Party.

George Bush was the fifth cousin four times removed of Franklin Pierce.

George Herbert Walker Bush resigned from the CIA after Jimmy Carter was elected president in 1976.

George H.W. Bush's daughter Robin died of leukemia in 1953, when she was 3.

President Bush's entire family stayed in the White House the night he was inaugurated. Extra beds had to be put up in all the bedrooms.

The Bush's had a springer spaniel named Millie. Millie had a book published about her life in the White House. She had six puppies during her time a the White House.

He liked to play horseshoes.

George Herbert Walker Bush became the youngest pilot in the U.S. Navy, surviving some dangerous missions in the South Pacific.

President Bush was a Republican.

George Bush was Vice President under Ronald Reagan. He was the first Vice President elected President since Van Buren.

George Bush's Vice President was Dan Quayle (1989-1993).

President Bush signed the bill creating a Federal Holiday in memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Bush signs Martin Luther King Holiday Proclamation, May 17, 1989.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

He prefers Mexican and Chinese food and won't eat broccoli. "I'm President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli!"

During his term there were two wars or military actions, the Invasion of Panama, 1989-1990; Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991.

President Bush King Fahd
President Bush and King Fahd participate in an Arrival Ceremony at the Royal Pavilion in Saudi Arabia
to discuss the situation in Iraq. November 21, 1990.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The First Dog, Millie, had her own room, in Nancy Reagan's old beauty parlor.

George Herbert Walker Bush served only one term, Bill Clinton defeated George Bush in 1992.

When Bush left office in 1993, he became the nation's 5th living ex-president, joining Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.


Quick Facts

41st President

Born: Milton, Mass., June 12, 1924.

Inaugurated President
Jan. 20, 1989

Party: Republican



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