Former president George H.W. Bush, whose legacy soared after the victory over Iraq in Kuwait, has died at 94. The 41st president of the United States Of America and the father of the 43rd president died late Friday night at his Houston home, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath. He was the last veteran of World War II to serve as president and rose from congressman to U.N. ambassador, Republican Party chairman to envoy to Beijing, CIA director to 8 year vice president under Ronald Reagan.
H.W. Bush lost re-election to Bill Clinton but still lived to see his son George W. elected twice over to the presidency — the two were only the second father and son chief executives, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
The former 41st president made a pledge to make the United States a “kinder, gentler” calling on Americans to volunteer for good causes, to create “a thousand points of light.”
“We know what works. Freedom works. We know what’s it right. Freedom is right.”
Outdoorsman Bush sought to protect the environment and signed the first improvements to the Clean Air Act in more than a decade. He also signed the Americans with Disabilities Act to ban workplace discrimination against people with disabilities and require improved access to public places and transportation.
George Herbert Walker Bush was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. His father, Prescott Bush, the son of an Ohio steel magnate, made his fortune as an investment banker and later served 10 years as a senator from Connecticut.
George H.W. was married to his wife, Barbara Pierce, for more than 70 years — becoming the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. Barbara passed away April 17, 2018.
Bush will be honored with a funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Saturday. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be in attendance.