George Herbert Walker Bush was born June 12, 1924, at the family Victorian Home in Milton , Massachusetts . His father was Prescott S. Bush (1895-1972), businessman, senator. His mother was Dorothy Walker Bush (1901-1992). He was the second of five children. George had three brothers and a sister-Prescott Bush, Nancy Ellis, Jonathan Bush and William “Buck” Bush.  

Navy lieutenant George Bush married Barbara Pierce when he was 20 and she was 19 years of age, on January 6, 1945, at the first Presbyterian Church in Rye , New York . They had four sons and a daughter-George W. Bush (1946- ), businessman, politician; John E. “Jeb” Bush (1953- ) banker, real state developer, politician; Neil M. Bush (1955- ) oilman; Marvin P. Bush (1956- ), investment consultant and Dorothy W. “Doro” Bush (1959- ) businesswoman.  

Bush attended the Greenwich ( Connecticut ) Country Day School , where he was very active in sports. At age 13 he enrolled at Phillips Academy where he graduated in the class of 1942. He joined the military and after the war he entered Yale’s accelerated two-and-half-year program where he majored in economics with a minor in sociology. He graduated with Honors in 1948.  

On June 12, 1942, his 18th birthday, Bush enlisted in the Navy as a seaman second class. He served until September 1945, rising to lieutenant (junior grade). He became the youngest pilot then in the Navy. He flew 58 combat missions. He was one of just four pilots in his original 14-pilot squadron to survive the war.  

Upon his graduation from Yale in 1948, he moved to Texas with his wife and young son. He started working in the oil business where he was able to form his own company. In 1967 he started his political career-U.S. Representative (1967-1971), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1971-1973), Chairman of the Republican National Committee (193-1974), Chief U.S. Liaison in China (1974-1975), Director of Central Intelligence Agency (1976-1977) and Vice president (1981-1989).  

As the Republicans gathered in New Orleans in August 1988, Bush Presidential Nomination was assured. He won the party’s nomination and later was elected U.S. President in November 8, 1988 having as his vice president Dan Quayle (1947- ) who served 1989 to 1993.  

George bush retired with his wife Barbara, to their home in the exclusive neighborhood of  Tanglewood in Houston , Texas . They spend their summers at Walkers Point in Kennebunkport , Maine .

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