George H. W. Bush was the forty-first United States president from 1989 to 1993. He was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924. His family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, shortly after his birth. Bush was eighteen years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He joined the Navy and became a naval aviator and was commissioned as an ensign. He served until the end of the war and then attended Yale University. Upon graduation in 1948, Bush moved to Texas and entered the oil business. He also soon became involved in American politics.
Bush held a number of political positions prior to his presidency, including being a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, chief of the U.S. Liaison Office to the People’s Republic of China, director of the CIA, and vice president of the United States during the Reagan administration.
President Bush’s SAR Revolutionary War ancestor was Colonel Samuel Herrick, who served with distinction as a commander of the Vermont Ranger Militia. Bush is a member of the Texas SAR and a Texas perpetual member of the Patrick Henry Chapter in Austin, Texas. He was presented his SAR membership certificate in his Houston, Texas, office on May 1, 2001. Texas SAR President Nathan White, Jr. inducted U.S. President George H. W. Bush into the SAR, while SAR President General Bruce Butler pinned the SAR rosette on Bush. SAR Secretary General B. Rice Aston and several other members of the Paul Carrington Chapter were also present at this occasion.
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on a ninety-acre site on the west campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The library contains the papers and memorabilia from Bush’s days in public service as well as those of U.S. Vice President James Danforth Quayle.