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George Herbert Walker Bush

41st President of the United States
(January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993)

Nickname: "Poppy"

Born: June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts

Father: Prescott Sheldon Bush
Mother: Dorothy Walker Bush
Married: Barbara Pierce (1925- ), on January 6, 1945
Children: tiny U.S. flag George Walker Bush (1946- ); Robin Bush (1949-53); John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (1953- ); Neil Bush (1955- ); Marvin Bush (1956- ); Dorothy Bush (1959- )

Religion: Episcopalian
Education: Graduated from Yale University (1948)
Occupation: Businessman, public official
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1967-71

  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 1971-72

  • Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1976-77

  • Vice President, 1981-89 (under tiny U.S. flag Reagan)

Presidential Salary: $200,000/year + $50,000 expense account

Presidential Election Results:



Popular Votes

Electoral Votes


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Michael S. Dukakis




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H. Ross Perot



Vice President: J. Danforth Quayle (1989-93)


Secretary of State

James A. Baker, III (1989-92)

Lawrence S. Eagleburger (1992-93)

Secretary of the Treasury

Nicholas F. Brady (1989-93)

Secretary of Defense

Richard B. Cheney (1989-93)

Attorney General

Dick Thornburgh (1989-91)

William P. Barr (1991-93)

Secretary of the Interior

Manuel Lujan (1989-93)

Secretary of Agriculture

Clayton Yeutter (1989-91)

Edward R. Madigan (1991-93)

Secretary of Commerce

Robert Mosbacher (1989-92)

Barbara H. Franklin (1992-93)

Secretary of Labor

Elizabeth H. Dole (1989-90)

Lynn Morley Martin (1990-93)

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Louis W. Sullivan (1989-93)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Jack Kemp (1989-93)

Secretary of Transportation

Samuel Skinner (1989-91)

Andrew H. Card (1992-93)

Secretary of Energy

James Watkins (1989-93)

Secretary of Education

Lauro F. Cavazos, Jr. (1989-91)

Lamar Alexander (1991-93)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Edward J. Derwinski (1989-92)

Notable Events:

Internet Biographies:

George Bush -- from The Presidents of the United States of America

Compiled by the White House.

George Bush -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta

Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by Donald Young, author of American Roulette: The History and Dilemma of the Vice Presidency, along with suggestions for further reading.

George Bush -- from The American President

From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Biography of President George Bush -- from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Bush's biography with photographs.

George Bush -- from Character Above All

From a PBS broadcast of the same name, this essay excerpt by Michael R. Beschloss discusses some of the issues and events that molded Bush.

George Bush -- from The George Bush Web Site

Standard biography. This site had images, sounds, and film clips that add a lot to the overall presentation. Current Bush news can also be found here. Also in French.

George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography -- by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin

As with most unauthorized biographies, the authors of this biography are not fans of Bush. The first sentence of the introduction gives the reader a sense of the authors' viewpoint: "The thesis of this book is simple: if George Bush were to be re- elected in November 1992 for a second term as the president of the United States, this country and the rest of the world would face a catastrophe of gigantic proportions."

Lieutenant Junior Grade George Bush, USNR -- from Frequently Asked Questions of the Naval Historical Center

Focusing on Bush's naval career, this site explains why Bush earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, where he was stationed, and gives a short bibliography.

Historical Documents:

Inaugural Address (1989)

Media Resources:

From his first State of the Union address in January of 1990. "...the beginning of a new era in the world's affairs." (0:46)

RealAudio | MP3 (369K)

From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice Crane.

Audio & Video
The American Presidency Projects's Presidential Audio/Video Archive for George Bush site

Other Internet Resources:

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Located in College Station, Texas, this facility is scheduled to open in 1997. This site contains biographies, photographs, speeches, museum pieces and more.




George H.W. Bush

41st President of the United States
(January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993)


Barbara Bush