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George H.W. Bush: A life in pictures

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George Herbert Walker Bush took the oath of office as the United States’ 41st president on January 20, 1989, and was the oldest living former commander in chief. Before getting the keys to the White House, he served eight years as the vice president of Republican icon Ronald Reagan.

George H. W. Bush died at the age of 94 on November 30, 2018.

Bush had one of the most impressive résumés in American public life. He joined the Navy at age 18 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, served as a member of the House of Representatives from Texas, was ambassador to the United Nations and later the senior American envoy to China at a time when there was no U.S. ambassador in Beijing, and he served almost a year as CIA director. His failed 1980 presidential ended in his tenure as Reagan’s vice president.

Bush’s eldest son, George W. Bush, served as governor of Texas and became the 43rd president of the United States — the first father and son presidents since John and John Quincy Adams. His younger son, Jeb Bush, served as governor of Florida and mounted a disappointing presidential run in 2016. (Olivier Knox/Yahoo News)

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George H.W. Bush waves to a crowd of supporters on Nov. 5, 1988. Bush and his running mate Dan Quayle defeat Michael Dukakis in the Presidential election. (Photo: Cynthia Johnson/Liaison)


George Bush as a young boy. (Photo: Corbis)


George Bush at summer camp in 1939. (Photo: AP)


George Bush at Andover in 1941, Philips Academy yearbook, Andover, Mass. (Photo: Corbis)


George Bush served in the U.S. Navy from June 1942 to September 1945, rising to the rank of lieutenant. (Photo: Corbis)


U.S. Navy pilot George Bush sits in the cockpit of his torpedo bomber “Barbara III,” named after his girlfriend and future wife, Barbara Pierce, in 1944. (Photo: Corbis)


Navy Lt. George Bush and Barbara Pierce are married at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, N.Y., on Jan. 6, 1945. (Photo: Corbis)


George Bush, right, receives the manuscript of “The Babe Ruth Story” from Ruth during a ceremony on Yale’s baseball field in West Haven, Conn., in 1948. (Photo: AP)


Future President George H.W. Bush holds his infant son, George W. Bush. (Photo: Corbis)


George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, learns of the returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, on June 6, 1964, as his wife Barbara, looks on. (Photo: Ed Kolenovsky/AP)


George Bush of Houston, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, waves to cheering supporters after he addressed the Republican State Convention in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 15, 1964. Bush was running for the seat held by Sen. Ralph Yarborough. (Photo: AP)


George H.W. Bush with his son George W. Bush and wife, Barbara, in Rye, N.Y. (Photo: Corbis)


Republican senatorial candidate George Bush shows a victory sign as he and his wife, Barbara, stand in front of a voting machine on Nov. 3, 1964, in Houston, just before casting their ballots. (Photo: Corbis)


Republican George Bush (left) raises his hand in victory by newly elected Democrat Bob Eckhardt of the 8th Congressional District of Harris County. Bush, winner of the newly created 7th Congressional District of Harris County, beat Democrat Frank Briscoe, and Eckhardt defeated W.D. Spayne of the Constitutional Party. The victory celebration took place in Bush’s campaign headquarters on Nov. 9, 1966. (Photo: Ed Kolenovsky/AP)


George H.W. Bush (right) prepares to pin a lieutenant bar on his son George W. Bush in 1968, after the younger Bush was made an officer in the Texas Air National Guard. (Photo: AP)


George Bush in 1970 during the Nixon administration. (Photo: Bettmann/Corbis)


George Bush appears on “Face the Nation” in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14, 1973. (Photo: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)


George Bush on Sept. 9, 1977, in Houston, gets ready to introduce Margaret Thatcher, leader of the British Conservative Party, before a dinner where she would address the English-Speaking Union. (Photo: Ed Kolenovsky/AP)


U.S. Chief of Mission George Bush greets family members of the U.S. Liaison Mission on Dec. 7, 1975, in the lounge at Peking International Airport in Beijing as he gets ready to depart for Washington, after being nominated to head the Central Intelligence Agency. (Photo: AP)


Republican candidate for President Ronald Reagan, left, and his running mate, George Bush, answer questions during a press conference on July 26, 1980. (Photo: Wally Fong/AP)


Vice President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, at the first inauguration of President Ronald Reagan on Jan. 20, 1981, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: NBC News/Getty Images)


President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev hold a joint news conference, Sunday, Sept. 10, 1990, in Helsinki, Finland, after their summit talks. (Photo: Liu Heung Shin/AP)


President George Bush raises his right hand as he is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989. First lady Barbara Bush holds the Bible for her husband. Former President Reagan is in the background. (Photo: Bob Daugherty/AP)


President George Bush casts into the surf at the mouth of the Mousam River in Kennebunk, Maine, on Sept. 25, 1989. (Photo: Doug Mills/AP)


President George H. W. Bush, right, and First Lady Barbara Bush, second from right, escort British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, second from left, and her husband, Denis Thatcher, left, to the first meeting of the Economic Summit at Rice University, on July 9, 1990, Houston, Texas. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP)


Queen Elizabeth ll and U.S. President George Bush on the White House lawn on May 14, 1991. (Photo: Anwar Hussein)


President George H. Bush adjusts paperwork in the Oval Office of the White House, on Jan. 16, 1991, in Washington, after announcing the U.S. attack on Iraq. The president said “The world could wait no longer” for the U.S. action. (Photo: Doug Mills/AP)


President George H.W. Bush talks to reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House on Feb. 12, 1991, after meeting with advisers to discuss the Persian Gulf War. From third from left, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, Vice President Dan Quayle, White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, the president, Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Colin Powell. (Photo: Dennis Cook/AP)


President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush accompany Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, across the South Lawn of the White House. The Bushes hosted a private lunch for the Queen, who arrived in Washington on May 14, 1991 for a nine-day state visit. (Photo: Doug Mills/AP)


President George H.W. Bush, accompanied by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Prince Bandar, left, Kuwaiti Ambassador Saud bin Nasir Al-Sabah, center, and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, saluting, attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., June 8, 1991 for war dead in the Persian Gulf War. (Photo: Greg Gibson/AP)


Judge Clarence Thomas, left, addresses a press conference on July 1, 1991, at the Kennebunkport, Maine, summer home of President Bush. The president introduced Thomas as his selection to replace retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall. (Photo: Doug Mills/AP)


Britain’s Prime Minister John Major, left, and President George H.W. BushBush arrive for the official portrait of the G7 at Lancaster House in London on July 15, 1991. At right, is a member of the Life Guards. (Photo: Liu Hueng Shing/AP)


President George H.W. Bush checks his watch at a joint news conference with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at Lancaster House in London on July 17, 1991. (Photo: Dennis Cook/AP)


President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev shake hands as they meet in the garden of Winfield House in London, on July 17, 1991. (Photo: Greg Gibson/AP)


President George H.W. Bush walks into the Grand Canyon on Kaibab Trail on Sept. 18, 1991, on a hike of about a mile to Ooh Aah Point on his half-day visit. (Photo: Greg Gibson/AP)


President George H.W. Bush, center, talks to Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, right, as Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Colin Powell, left, looks on at the White House, on Jan. 16, 1992, in Washington, D.C. The president was escorting members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other Pentagon officials to a luncheon on the first anniversary of the start of the Gulf War. (Photo: Dennis Cook/AP)


President George H.W. Bush, left, walks with former Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, in the courtyard of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Nov. 4, 1991, in Simi Valley, Calif. (Photo: Marcy Nighswander/AP)


Former President George H.W. Bush throttles up an inflatable hull boat as he takes two of his grandchildern for a ride near his Walker’s Point summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, on June 13, 1999. (Photo: Stephan Savoia/AP)


Former President George H.W. Bush (left), first lady Laura Bush, President George W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush wave to reporters outside St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7, 2003. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)


Former President George H.W. Bush (right) and his son President George W. Bush wave as they fish off Boon Island near Kennebunkport, Maine, on Aug. 8, 2004. With them is the president’s daughter Jenna. (Photo: Stephan Savoia/AP)