George H.W. Bush
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. Mr. Bush graduated from Phillips Academy on his 18th birthday, June 12, 1942. That same day, he enlisted in the US Navy as a Seaman 2nd Class. Receiving his wings and commission in June 1943 while still 18 years old, he was the youngest pilot in the Navy at that time. On active duty from August 1942 to September 1945 during World War II, Mr. Bush flew torpedo bombers off the USS San Jacinto. For his courageous service in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.
Following World War II, Mr. Bush entered Yale University, where he pursued a degree in Economics and served as captain of the varsity baseball team. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1948.
After his graduation, George and his wife, Barbara, moved to Texas, where he worked as an oil field supply salesman for Dresser Industries. Following an unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat in 1964, Mr. Bush was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1966 from Texas’ 7th District. One of the few freshman members of Congress ever elected to serve on the Ways and Means Committee, he was reelected to the House two years later without opposition. Mr. Bush lost a second campaign for the Senate in 1970.
During the 1970s, Mr. Bush held a number of important leadership positions. In 1971, he was named US Ambassador to the United Nations. He served there until 1973, when he became Chairman of the Republican National Committee. In October 1974, Mr. Bush traveled to Peking, where he served as the Chief of the US Liaison Office during the critical period when the United States was renewing ties with the People’s Republic of China. In 1976, Mr. Bush was appointed Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1980, Ronald Reagan selected George Bush to be his running mate.
On January 20, 1981, Mr. Bush was sworn in for the first of two terms as Vice President. In 1988, he became his Party’s nominee and the American people’s choice to be the 41st President of the United States. The President and Mrs. Bush are residents of Houston, Texas.