Son, George W. Bush, was elected President.
Born at 11:30am-EDT.
(1989-1993) Forty-first president of the United States of America.
Graduated from Yale University.
His wife, Barbara Bush, suffers from a thyroid ailment called Graves' disease.
Director of the CIA (1976-1977).
U.S. congressional representative from Texas (1967-1971).
Served as Vice President of the United States (1981-1989)
Member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society while at Yale.
Daughter Pauline Robinson Bush died of leukemia.
Was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1971-1973. He was appointed by Richard Nixon.
Served in the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot during the Second World War and was engaged in numerous combat missions.
When his son George W. Bush became the President of the United States, he became known as George H. W. Bush.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
Fourth cousin seven times removed of Benedict Arnold.
Fifth cousin four times removed of President Franklin Pierce.
Seventh cousin three times removed of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Seventh cousin four times removed of President Abraham Lincoln.
Eighth cousin once removed of Winston Churchill.
Ninth cousin twice removed of Marilyn Monroe.
Tenth cousin once removed of Vice President Dan Quayle.
Eleventh cousin once removed of President Gerald Ford.
The golfing award known as the Walker Cup is named after his grandfather, George Herbert Walker.
Of the five Presidents of the United States who served from 1977 to 2009, he is the only one who has not served as a state Governor. Jimmy Carter had been Governor of Georgia, Ronald Reagan had been Governor of California, Bill Clinton had been Governor of Arkansas, and his son George W. Bush was Governor of Texas. President Barack Obama broke the pattern, becoming the first United States Senator since John F. Kennedy to be elected President.
Like his wife, Barbara Bush, he has had a building in Houston renamed in his honor. Houston Intercontinental Airport was renamed Bush Intercontinental Airport in 1997, while his son was Governor of Texas. The Cypress Creek Library was remodeled and renamed the Barbara Bush library in 2003.
In the 1988 Presidential election, early national public opinion polls showed Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis with a 17 percentage point lead over Bush. Bush eventually tallied 48,886,597 popular votes, representing 53.4% of the total to Dukakis' 41,809,476 votes (45.6%). In the electoral college, Bush won 40 states worth 426 electoral votes to Dukakis' 10 states and the District of Columbia worth a total of 111 electoral votes (Dukakis' running mate, Lloyd Bentsen, received one electoral vote for President).
At Yale University, Bush captained the Yale baseball team that played in the first College World Series.
His father, Prescott (Yale 1917) was a Senator from Connecticut who served during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations (1953-1963).
While attending Yale and captaining the baseball team, Bush met and was photographed with the legendary Babe Ruth. In 1991, U.S. magazine Entertainment Weekly highlighted a baseball card Bush had taken from this period. Collectors were bidding for its value being near the end of his Office term.
On December 26, 2006, after the death of 93-year-old Gerald Ford, Bush became the oldest living current/former president at the age of 82, five months older than Jimmy Carter. Coincidentally, his son, then-President George W. Bush, and former President Bill Clinton were also born the same year, with Bush 44 days older than Clinton. This neatly divides the four former Presidents into two groups: a Democrat and a Republican born in 1924, and a Democrat and a Republican born in 1946.
Had his left hip replaced in December 2000.
Underwent surgery for skin cancer in August 2002.
In 2004, it was reported that for a series of speeches in China, he was paid between $125,000 and $150,000 per speech.
In January 2009, the U.S. Navy commissioned the "U.S.S. George H.W. Bush" Nimitz class aircraft carrier into service in Norfolk, Virginia. The carrier was named for the former U.S. President and was the last in the Nimitz class series.
Uncle of Billy Bush.
Has publicly stated that he was a civilian businessman in the oil business until he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1966. However, declassified memos show that he was working for the CIA in 1963, and corresponded with J. Edgar Hoover about the Kennedy assassination.
To date (2010), only U.S. President to have worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (Director CIA 1976-1977).
The first sitting Vice President of the United States to be elected President since Martin van Buren in 1836. With the exception of Thomas Jefferson, all other sitting vice presidents who rose to the presidency first did so under direct succession, whether or not they subsequently ran for president and were elected to their first term in office.
Grew up with Jane Weintraub on Kennebunkport, Maine.
Longtime friend of Jerry Weintraub.
As of 2015, George and Barbara Bush are the longest-married First Couple of the United States. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on January 6, 2015.
The makers of The Simpsons (1989) responded to his comments by animating the family watching his comments and then having Bart say "Hey, we're just like the Waltons, we're praying for an end to the Depression too".
Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
In perhaps the most famous moment of his post-presidency career, he resigned his life membership to the National Rifle Association (NRA) in 1995 because they refused to condemn the Oklahoma City Bombing and seemed to support some of bomber Timothy McVeigh's radical views.
It is believed that his association with far-right conservative Pat Buchanan and his infamous 'Culture war' speech delivered at the 1992 Republican National Convention was one of the key factors in losing him reelection as it caused moderates to vote instead for Democratic candidate Bill Clinton.
A 1992 New York Times article famously portrayed Bush as being amazed by a common supermarket scanner, which helped to paint him as an elitist who was out of touch with everyday American life. In reality, the scanner that Bush was so impressed with was an advanced prototype that could weigh groceries and decipher mangled and torn bar codes. It was later discovered that the writer of the infamous article wasn't even present at the convention where Bush was shown the scanner in question.