George H. W. Bush (1924 – ) [cite this] More images » Life in Brief: George Herbert Walker Bush belongs to a political dynasty; he sits in the middle of three generations of politicians, including his father Prescott, a senator from Connecticut; his son Jeb, former governor of Florida; and his son, George Walker, the … more life in brief » Essays about George H. W. Bush Life in Brief Life in Brief: George Herbert Walker Bush belongs to a political dynasty; he sits in the middle of three generations of politicians, including his father Prescott, a senator from Connecticut; his son Jeb, former governor of Florida; and his son, George Walker, the 43rd President of the United States. In fact, Geor… Life Before the Presidency Life Before the Presidency: George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924. His parents, Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush, moved the family to Greenwich, Connecticut, when George was a young boy. His family was wealthy but his parents raised their children to be modest, stressing th… Campaigns and Elections Campaigns and Elections: Campaign of 1988: On October 13, 1987, George H. W. Bush announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President. He faced three main opponents for the nomination—Senator Robert Dole of Kansas; Pat Robertson, an evangelical leader; and Representative Jack Kemp from New York. B…Domestic Affairs Domestic Affairs: When George H. W. Bush was sworn in as President on January 20, 1989, he took over from the very popular Ronald Reagan. In his inaugural address, Bush spoke about the plight of homelessness, crime, and drug addiction. He advocated volunteerism and community involvement, pledging to support "a t…Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs: During his presidency, President Bush devoted much of his time to foreign affairs, an area over which Presidents generally have more latitude than they do with domestic affairs. In his first inaugural address, Bush spoke of unity between the executive and legislative branches in foreign affairs, pre…Life After the Presidency Life After the Presidency: When George H. W. Bush left the presidency, he and his wife returned to Houston, Texas. There, they settled back into private life and reclaimed their lives as active citizens in their community. The former President volunteered at their church and sat on various boards, including one for a local ho…Family Life Family Life: George H. W. Bush was known throughout his career as a decent and generous man who tried to do what he thought was right. He was very loyal and known for his ability to connect with people on a personal level. He had more difficulty connecting with large audiences and was generally considered a poor…Impact and Legacy Impact and Legacy: George Herbert Walker Bush came into the presidency as one of the most qualified candidates to assume the office. He had a long career in both domestic politics and foreign affairs, knew the government bureaucracy, and had eight years of hands-on training as vice president. Still, if presidentia… About His Administration First Lady Barbara Bush Vice President J. Danforth Quayle Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger (1992–1993) James A. Baker (1989–1992) Secretary of Defense Richard B. Cheney (1989–1993) Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan (1989–1993) Attorney General William P. Barr (1991–1993) Richard L. Thornburgh (1989–1991) Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas F. Brady (1989–1993) Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Wade Sullivan (1989–1993) Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin (1991–1993) Elizabeth Hanford Dole (1989–1991) Secretary of Commerce Barbara Hackman Franklin (1992–1993) Robert A. Mosbacher (1989–1992) Secretary of Agriculture Edward Madigan (1991–1993) Clayton K. Yeutter (1989–1991) Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander (1991–1993) Lauro F. Cavazos Jr. (1989–1991) Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins (1989–1993) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack French Kemp (1989–1993) Secretary of Transportion Andrew Card Jr. (1992–1993) Samuel Knox Skinner (1989–1992) Secretary of Veterans Affairs Edward J. Derwinski (1989–1992) George H. W. Bush Oral History Interviews Craig Fuller Chase Untermeyer David F. Demarest, Jr. Richard B. Cheney Richard Haass view all interviews » Facts about George H. W. Bush Term: 41st President of the United States (1989 – 1993) Born: June 12, 1924, Milton, Massachusetts Political Party: Republican Nickname: “Poppy,” “Bush 41” Education: Yale University, 1948 Religion: Episcopalian Marriage: January 6, 1945, to Barbara Pierce Children: George W. (1946–), Robin (1949–1953), John Ellis "Jeb" (1953–), Neil (1955–), Marvin (1956–), Dorothy “Doro” (1959–) Career: Businessman, public official WritingsLooking Forward (1987); A World Transformed (1998); Heartbeat (2001) George H. W. Bush Image Gallery More images » Citation Information Consulting Editor Stephen Knott Professor Knott is an Associate Professor in the National Security Decision Making Department at the United States Naval War College. Prior to joining the War College faculty, he served as project director for the Ronald Reagan and Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Projects at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. His writings include: The Reagan Years (Facts on File, 2005) Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth (University Press of Kansas, 2002) Bill Clinton » « Ronald Reagan American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!