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George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94

01 December, 2018, 08:45 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Former US President George Bush dies at age 94, family spokesman says

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States and father to the 43rd president - George W. Bush - died late Friday night at age 94. In recent years, Bush used a motorized scooter or wheelchair for mobility.

The day after her death, Mr Bush was hospitalised with a blood infection.

With Reagan barred by the U.S. Constitution from serving more than two terms, Bush plotted a presidential run for 1988, ultimately defeating the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. In 2013, he was in dire enough shape with bronchitis that former President George W. Bush, his son, solicited ideas for a eulogy.

Former President Barack Obama also issued a statement calling Bush 41 "a patriot and humble servant".

He was the 41st United States president between 1989 and 1993, after serving two terms as vice-president to Ronald Reagan.

They were married for 73 years. In 1943, he was the youngest pilot in the Navy.

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Before Bush's military career concluded in 1945, he'd flown 58 combat missions during World War II.

After graduating from Yale University and venturing into the oil business, Bush jumped into politics and eventually became a congressman, representing the 7th Congressional District in Texas.

Months into his presidency he was faced with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and he oversaw the removal of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

Since exiting the highest office, his love of life and family was never more visible.

Bush faced a serious challenge when Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

Only one other USA president, John Adams, had a son who also became president.

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