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George H.W. Bush Sr. Biography and Facts For Kids

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, and brought up in Greenwich, Connecticut, George Herbert Walker Bush was the second of the five children of Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, at the age of 18, Bush postponed going to college. He served until the end of the war, then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas and entered the oil business, becoming a millionaire by the age of 40. A successful businessman, George Bush emerged as a national political leader during the 1970s. George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President of the United States. He also served as the 43rd Vice President, a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence.

Fun Facts and Trivia about George Bush Sr.

When was George Herbert Walker Bush born: June 12, 1924
Where was George Herbert Walker Bush born: Milton, MA
What was George Herbert Walker Bush job before becoming president: U.S. Congress, Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. envoy to China, Director of the CIA.
Who was George Herbert Walker Bush married to: Barbara Pierce Bush
What number president was George Herbert Walker Bush: 41st
What political party did George Herbert Walker Bush belong to: Republican
Who was George Herbert Walker Bush’s vice president: J. Danforth Quayle
When was George Herbert Walker Bush president: 1989 – 1993
How many terms did George Herbert Walker Bush serve: 1

George Bush Sr. Quotes

  • “America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the Nation and gentler the face of the world.”
  • “The fact is prosperity has a purpose. It’s to allow us to pursue “the better angels,” to give us time to think and grow.”
  • “Weakness and ambivalence lead to war.”
  • “I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.”
  • “Our nation is the enduring dream of every immigrant who ever set foot on these shores, and the millions still struggling to be free. This nation, this idea called America, was and always will be a new world — our new world.”

Timeline of the Life of George Bush Sr.

1924 Born in Milton, Ma.
1945 Married Barbara Pierce
1946 Son George W. Bush was born
1948 Graduated Yale University
1975 Appointed director of the CIA by President Gerald Ford
1989 Became 41st President of the U.S.
1989 Introduces bailout plan for troubled savings and loans banks.
1989 Announces a temporary ban on the importation of semi-automatic rifles
1989 The Exxon Valdez runs aground and spills 240,000 barrels of oil.
1989 Bush offers special assistance for Poland.
1989 Bush suspends the sale of weapons to China.
1989 Bush signs into law the Financial Institutions Reform, Recover and Enforcement Act of 1989.
1989 The Berlin Wall falls.
1989 George H. W. Bush signs the Fair Labor Standards Amendments of 1989
1989 George H. W. Bush signs a new anti-drug law that provides more than $3 billion for expanded anti-drug programs.
1990 George H. W. Bush reneges on his “no new taxes” pledge from the 1988 presidential campaign.
1990 Bush signs a budget law that includes $140 billion in new taxes.
1990 President Bush signs the Clean Air Act of 1990
1990 Bush signs the Immigration Act of 1990.
1991 Operation Desert Storm begins
1991 Bush signs Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty (START- I)
1991 Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991
1992 Bush runs for re-election, but is defeated by Bill Clinton

George Bush Sr’s Cabinet Members

George H. W. Bush: 1989–1993

Vice President 
Dan Quayle: 1989–1993

Secretary of State 
James Baker: 1989–1992
Lawrence Eagleburger: 1992–1993

Secretary of Treasury 
Nicholas Brady: 1989–1993

Secretary of Defense 
Dick Cheney: 1989–1993

Attorney General 
Dick Thornburgh: 1989–1991
William Barr: 1991–1993

Secretary of the Interior 
Manuel Lujan: 1989–1993

Secretary of Agriculture 
Clayton Yeutter: 1989–1991
Edward Madigan: 1991–1993

Secretary of Commerce 
Robert Mosbacher: 1989–1992
Barbara Hackman Franklin: 1992–1993

Secretary of Labor 
Elizabeth Dole: 1989–1990
Lynn Martin: 1991–1993

Secretary of Health and Human Services 
Louis Sullivan: 1989–1993

Secretary of Education 
Lauro Cavazos: 1989–1990
Lamar Alexander: 1990–1993

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 
Jack Kemp: 1989–1993

Secretary of Transportation 
Samuel Skinner: 1989–1992
Andrew Card: 1992–1993

Secretary of Energy 
James Watkins: 1989–1993

Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
Ed Derwinski: 1989–1993

Chief of Staff 
John H. Sununu: 1989–1991
Samuel Skinner: 1991–1992
James Baker: 1992–1993

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency 
William Reilly: 1989–1993

Director of the Office of Management and Budget 
Richard Darman: 1989–1993

Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy 
Bob Martinez: 1993–1993

United States Trade Representative 
Carla Anderson Hills: 1989–1993

Judicial Appointments By George H.W. Bush

Bush appointed the following Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States:

David Souter – 1990
Clarence Thomas – 1991

Foreign Policy of George Bush Sr

Panama: In May 1989, Panama held democratic elections, in which Guillermo Endara was elected president; the results were then annulled by Noriega’s government. In response, Bush sent 2,000 more troops to the country, where they began conducting regular military exercises in Panamanian territory. Bush then removed an embassy and ambassador from the country, and dispatched additional troops to Panama to prepare the way for an upcoming invasion.

Soviet Union: In 1989, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bush met with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in a conference on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Another summit was held in July 1991, where the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) was signed by Bush and Gorbachev in Moscow.

Persian Gulf War: On August 1, 1990, Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein, invaded its oil-rich neighbor to the south, Kuwait; Bush condemned the invasion and began rallying opposition to Iraq in the US and among European, Asian, and Middle Eastern allies. Secretary of Defense Richard Bruce “Dick” Cheney traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Fahd; Fahd requested US military aid in the matter, fearing a possible invasion of his country as well.

NAFTA: Bush’s administration, along with the Progressive Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, spearheaded the negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which would eliminate the majority of tariffs on products traded among the United States, Canada, and Mexico, to encourage trade amongst the countries.

After His Presidency

He and Mrs. Bush attended the state funeral of Ronald Reagan in June 2004, and of Gerald Ford in January 2007.

One month later, he was awarded the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award in Beverly Hills, California by former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Former president Bush and Bill Clinton appeared together in television ads in 2005, encouraging aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

In October 2006, Bush was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), receiving the NIAF One America Award for his work to better the lives of all Americans.

On February 18, 2008, Bush formally endorsed Senator John McCain for the presidency of the United States.

On January 10, 2009, Bush and his son were both present at the commissioning of the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), the tenth and last Nimitz class supercarrier of the United States Navy.