George H. W. Bush Fast Facts

41st President of the United States

George H W Bush, Forty-First President of the United States
George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. Public Domain from NARA

Here is a quick list of fast facts for George H W Bush. For more in-depth information, you can also read the George H W Bush Biography.


June 12, 1924


Term of Office

January 20, 1989 - January 20, 1993

Number of Terms Elected

1 Term

First Lady

Barbara Pierce

George H W Bush Quote

  • "Appeasement does not work. As was the case in the 1930s, we see in Saddam Hussein an aggressive dictator threatening his neighbors."
  • “I think the 24-hour news cycle has helped exaggerate the differences between the parties. You can always find someone on TV somewhere carping about something. That didn't happen 20 years ago.”
  • “I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.”

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Career Before the Presidency 

  • He enlisted in World War II at the age of 18 and became the youngest aviator of the time.
  • After graduation from Yale University, he moved to Texas and founded his own oil company and became a millionaire by the age of 40.
  • He was the US Congressman from Texas’ 7th District from 1967-1971.
  • In addition, he was the Ambassador the United Nations and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency before running for President in 1980.

Major Events While in Office

  • Invasion of Panama (1989) – codenamed Operation Just Cause was the result of continuing dissatisfaction with the actions of general and dictator Manuel Noriega. His side lost the election but refused to step down. Because of United States interests in the canal zone and Noriega’s shifting allegiance to the Soviet Union the US deposed and arrested him.
  • Savings and Loan bailout (1989) -  At the time considered to be the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
  • Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska (1989) - The oil tanker hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound on March 23rd and subsequently lost 10.8 million gallons of oil. The disaster was further compounded by a slow emergency response and impacted over 1300 miles of coastline.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) - A civil rights law designed to grant similar protections as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to those with disabilities.
  • Break up of the Soviet Union (1991)
  • Persian Gulf War (1990-91) - Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces invaded and occupied Kuwait in August of 1990. Other Middle Eastern states such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia became alarmed and called on the US and other allies to assist. From January to February 1991 a US led coalition fought and defeated the Iraqi forces in Kuwait. 

    After the Presidency

    George H.W. Bush has been an active humanitarian since leaving office. He has often worked with President Bill Clinton who defeated him for the presidency in 1992.

    States Entering Union While in Office

    • None

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