U.S. Presidents / George H. W. Bush

Portrait of President George H. W. Bush

1924 - 2018

George H. W. Bush

We are approaching the conclusion of an historic postwar struggle between two visions: one of tyranny and conflict and one of democracy and freedom. The review of U.S.-Soviet relations that my administration has just completed outlines a new path toward resolving this struggle. Commencement Address at Texas A&M University


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, George H. W. and George W. are only the second set of father and son to become President. (John Adams and John Quincy Adams were the first.)

Fast Facts

George Herbert Walker Bush
Milton, Massachusetts
Yale University, 1948
Businessman, public official
“Poppy,” “Bush 41”
January 6, 1945, to Barbara Pierce (1925-2018)
George W. (1946–), Robin (1949–1953), John Ellis "Jeb" (1953–), Neil (1955–), Marvin (1956–), Dorothy “Doro” (1959–)
College Station, Texas
Stephen Knott

Chicago Style

Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. “George H. W. Bush.” Accessed May 30, 2024. https://prod.millercenter.org/president/bush.


Stephen Knott

Professor Knott is a 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.