George H. W. Bush Fact Sheet: Who was George H. W. Bush? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of George H. W. Bush.
George H. W. Bush Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1924 - Present *** Full Name: George Herbert Walker Bush *** Nickname: Skin *** Occupation: American Businessman, Politician and 41st President of the United States *** Date of Birth: George H. W. Bush was born on June 12th 1924 *** Place of Birth: George H. W. Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Prescott Sheldon Bush and his mother was Dorothy Walker. His father had working in banking and was also a politician *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with four siblings, Prescott, Nancy, Jonathan and William. Shortly after his birth, he was the second son, the family moved from Massachusetts to Greenwich in Connecticut *** Education: George H. W. Bush attended Greenwich Country Day School and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts ***
George H. W. Bush Fact 1: George H. W. Bush was born on June 12th 1924 and during the 20th century period in history when there were world changing events happening including the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.
George H. W. Bush Fact 2: In December of 1941 George decided he needed to join the U.S. Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He graduated from Phillips Academy and at eighteen years of age became a naval aviator.
George H. W. Bush Fact 3: He completed his ten month course and was commissioned as an ensign at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in the United States Naval Reserve.
George H. W. Bush Fact 4: As a photographic officer he was assigned to Torpedo Squadron in September of 1943 and in 1944 he was based on the USS San Jacinto as one of the members of Air Group 51. It was at this time he earned his nickname Skin because of his tall and thin physique.
George H. W. Bush Fact 5: He would also take part in one of the largest and victorious air battles of World War II, the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
George H. W. Bush Fact 6: During one particular mission in which they were to drop bombs on Japanese installations, while under attack from heavy anti-aircraft fire, Bush’s plane was struck with flak causing his engine to catch fire. Nevertheless he continued on with his mission, releasing his bombs on target and flew his flaming aircraft several mile out to see before he and his fellow crewmate bailed out. His crewmates parachute failed to deploy. Bush was eventually rescued by the lifeguard submarine USS Finback having had aircraft flying overhead to protect him.
George H. W. Bush Fact 7: A couple of weeks after his return from the Pacific George married Barbara Pierce in January of 1945. Together they had six children, George, Pauline, John, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. Pauline died of leukemia just four years old.
George H. W. Bush Fact 8: Prior to enlisting George had been accepted at Yale University and upon his discharge he enrolled and was accepted into an accelerated program that meant in could graduate in two and a half years instead of the standard four years.
George H. W. Bush Fact 9: Having graduated from college he decided to move his family to West Texas where with the help of his father’s business connections he began working as a sales clerk for Dresser Industries.
George H. W. Bush Fact 10: In 1951 he began his own business the Bush-Overbey Oil Development company and two years later co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Company.
George H. W. Bush Fact 11: In 1964 Bush would become Chairman of the Republican Party for Harris County in Texas but his real desire was to get more involved in the policy making so setting his bench mark high, he planned on getting elected for a U.S. Senate seat.
George H. W. Bush Fact 12: In 1966 he would be elected to the House of Representatives and would be the first Republican to represent Houston.
George H. W. Bush Fact 13: By 1970 he had decided to run for a Senate seat but would not be successful.
George H. W. Bush Fact 14: In 1971 in recognition for his efforts Nixon appointed Bush as Ambassador to the United Nations and he would serve for two years.
George H. W. Bush Fact 15: During 1976 President Ford made Bush Director of the Central Intelligence.
George H. W. Bush Fact 16: By the late 1970’s he had decided he was going to run for President of the United States. However he would end up become Ronald Reagan’s Vice President. They would serve two terms together.
George H. W. Bush Fact 17: With any President only allowed to serve for two terms, the next election was going to be his and it would be, on January 20th 1989.
George H. W. Bush Fact 18: During his term as President he would instigate the fall of the Berlin Wall.
George H. W. Bush Fact 19: He would however, only serve one term as his “no new taxes” pledge was broken and an economic recession would see him lose the next election.
George H. W. Bush Fact 20: When Bush left Washington he and his wife Barbara returned to Houston and made plans to build their own home. He still makes public appearances from time to time and remains as active as possible.
Influence & Legacy of George H. W. Bush:
His presidency is seen neither as a success or a failure but aspects of both. In domestic terms the country suffered an economic recession but he was responsible for bringing in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act. In foreign affairs he proved himself more than capable in forming a large, diverse coalition such as during the Persian Gulf War. He was also responsible for bring down the Berlin Wall.