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BUSH, George Herbert Walker

BUSH, George Herbert Walker
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BUSH, George Herbert Walker, (son of Prescott Sheldon Bush, father of President George W. Bush), a Representative from Texas and a Vice President of the United States and 41st President of the United States; born in Milton, Suffolk County, Mass., June 12, 1924; graduated, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. 1942; graduated Yale University 1948; lieutenant (jg.) United States Navy 1942-1945; formed Bush-Overbey Oil Development, Inc., Midland, Tex. 1951; helped organize Zapata Petroleum Corp., Midland, Tex. 1953, and first president of Zapata Off-Shore Co., Midland, Tex. 1954; unsuccessful nominee in 1964 to the United States Senate; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth Congress; reelected to the Ninety-first Congress (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1971); was not a candidate for reelection in 1970 to the House of Representatives but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate; United States Ambassador to the United Nations 1971-1973; chairman, Republican National Committee 1973-1974; chief United States liaison officer, People's Republic of China 1974-1976; director, Central Intelligence Agency 1976-1977; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1980, but was elected Vice President of the United States on the Republican ticket with President Ronald Reagan, November 4, 1980, and reelected 1984; Vice President of the United States 1981-1989; elected President of the United States in 1988, and was inaugurated on January 20, 1989; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1992; awarded the title of Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993; died on November 30, 2018, in Houston, Tex.; lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda, December 3, 2018, to December 5, 2018; interment at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, Tex.

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External Research Collections

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

College Station, TX
Papers: 1981-1993, approximately 13,000 cubic feet. Vice-presidential and presidential materials from George Bush. Includes records from the Office of Appointments and Scheduling (Daily Diary), White House Press Office, Office of Speechwriting, White House Office of Records Management, and Processed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Also includes photographs and videotapes.
Papers: George H.W. Bush Collection, 1942-1983, 23.5 linear feet. Personal papers including the following series: World War II correspondence, Zapata Oil files, Congressional files, United Nations files, Republican National Committee files, China files, CIA files, Prescott Bush materials, and Dorothy Walker Bush materials. Some of the material in a particular folder may have been removed in accordance with restrictions contained in the deed of gift.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bush, George. All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings. New York: Scribner, 1999.

Bush, George. Heartbeart: George Bush in his Own Words. Compiled and edited by Jim McGrath. New York: Scribner, 2001.

Bush, George, with Brent Scowcroft. A World Transformed. New York: Vintage Books, 1999.

Bush, George, with Victor Gold. Looking Forward. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1987.

Green, Fitzhugh. George Bush: an Intimate Portrait. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1989.

Green, Fitzhugh, and Brent Scowcroft. A World Transformed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.

Greene, John Robert. The Presidency of George Bush. Lawrence, Kans.: University Press of Kansas, 2000.

Hyams, Joe. Flight of the Avenger: George Bush at War. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991.

King, Nicholas. George Bush, A Biography New York: Dodd Mead, 1980.

Naftali, Timothy. George H.W. Bush. New York: Henry Holt Company, 2007.

Parmet, Herbert S. George Bush: The Life of a Lone Star Yankee. New Brunswick: Transaction, 2001.

Stinnett, Robert B. George Bush: His World War II Years. 1991. Reprint, Washington: Brassey's, 1992.

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