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December 02,2018 10:17

The 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, died on November 30 at the age of 94. His presidency was just one period of his career in the military and politics. Barbara, his wife of 73 years, died just eight months before his death and ...and more »

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George H.W. Bush worked in the Texas oil business before becoming the 41st president of the United States.
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The 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, died on November 30 at the age of 94.
His presidency was just one period of his career in the military and politics.
Barbara, his wife of 73 years, died just eight months before his death and accompanied him each step of the way.
Here's the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush.

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died at the age of 94.
Bush leaves behind a legacy not just as a president, but as a loving father and husband throughout a political career that spanned decades.
"George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for," former President and son George W. Bush said in a statement.
Here's the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush in photos:

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He grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Bush in 1939.
AP
Source: AP

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During one of his 58 missions, his plane was shot down by Japanese forces. He remained in the aircraft and successfully hit his target before parachuting out. He was eventually rescued by a US submarine.

A U.S. submarine, though not the one involved in Bush's rescue.Wikimedia Commons

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Barbara later told her granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, "I could hardly breathe, I thought he was so beautiful."

Ed Kolenovsky/AP
Source: Today

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Their marriage, the longest in presidential history, spanned 73 years until Barbara's death in April 2018.

Mark Reinstein/MediaPunch /IPX
Source: Today

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Following his military service and marriage to Barbara, Bush studied economics at Yale University and was captain of the school's baseball team.

AP
Source: History

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After graduating, Bush moved to Texas and worked in the oil industry before transitioning to politics in 1964.

George H.W. Bush in Texas, 1964.
Ed Kolenovsky/AP
Source: Texas Tribune

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He eventually won a seat in Congress and became the first Houston Republican to serve in the US House.

AP
Source: Texas Tribune

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President Richard Nixon appointed Bush as the US ambassador to the United Nations from 1971 to 1973.

Bush, the then-U.S. Ambassador, in 1972.
Dave Pickoff/AP
Source: History

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He filled that position until 1976, when he became the director of the CIA.

Bush being sworn in as director of the CIA by Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart in 1976.
AP
Source: History

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In 1980, Bush ran for the Republican nomination in the presidential election. But he was overtaken by the widely-popular Ronald Reagan, who eventually chose him as his running mate. Bush would serve two terms as vice president under Reagan.

Lederhandler/AP
Source: Texas Tribune

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Foreign policy soon became a central focus in the Bush administration.

Bush with Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger in 1990.
Marcy Nighswander/AP
Source: History

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In the previous year, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. NATO countries were called upon for aid, and Bush responded with Operation Desert Storm.

Aircrafts fly over Kuwait's burning oil wells following Operation Desert Storm in 1990.
AP
Source: History

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Although the operation was a precursor to a long-standing conflict with Iraq, the 42-day air offensive successfully defeated Iraqi forces and liberated Kuwait.

Laurent Rebours/AP
Source: History

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Noriega was indicted by the US for money laundering and drug trafficking, and was accused of suppressing democracy in Panama.

Noriega in 1988.
Carlos Guardia/AP
Source: History

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The operation was denounced by some governing bodies, including the UN, who labeled it as a violation of international law.

A man cleans up debris in Panama City in 1990 following the U.S. operation.
John Gaps/AP
Source: History

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Back in the US, Bush made a number of strides to improve the lives of Americans.

Ron Edmonds/AP

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In 1990, he made amendments to the Clean Air Act, which allowed greater precautions to be taken in light of emerging threats to the environment from cars and factories.

Bush after signing the Clean Air Act amendments in 1990.
Charles Tasnadi/AP
Source: History

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During his presidency, Bush appointed Judges Clarence Thomas and David Souter to the Supreme Court.

Bush and Thomas.
Doug Mills/AP
Source: Texas Tribune

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The tax hike didn't work in his favor when he ran for re-election in 1992. He lost to Democratic Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas.

Bush and Clinton in 2009.
Judi Bottoni/AP
Source: History

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Following his re-election loss, Bush and his wife retired in Houston, Texas.

Pat Sullivan/AP
Source: Texas Tribune

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Eight years later, Bush's son, George W. Bush, became president and served two terms.

Gerald Herbert/AP
Source: History

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The presidential pair, a father and his son to serve as president, was the second in US history. John and John Quincy Adams previously served as the second and sixth presidents, respectively.

Evan Vucci/AP
Source: History

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Ten years later, Bush parachuted in with members of the US Army Golden Knights for a re-dedication ceremony at the presidential library,

Sgt. 1st Class Kevin McDaniel/U.S. Army via AP
Source: USA Today

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In April 2018, Barbara died at the age of 92.

Bush attends his wife's funeral in April 2018.
Evan Vucci/AP

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On November 30, eight months after the death of his wife, George H.W. Bush died at the age of 94.

David J. Phillip/AP

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He is survived by his five children, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings.

The White House, Eric Draper/AP

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At 94 years old, he was the longest living president in history.

Eric Gay/AP
Source: USA Today

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