The month of June gave us one very memorable president that is still a household name. Although no other presidents share a birthday month with him, we think he is interesting enough to make up for that! George Herbert Walker Bush had quite the interesting run in politics and we’re pleased to share more about this president.
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12th, 1924 in Milton, MA. He was our 41st president serving from 1989 – 1993. Prior to his presidency, he was the 43rd vice president in the Reagan administration. He is married to Barbara Pierce and they had six children: George, Pauline, John “Jeb”, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. During his presidency, Bush signed a number of laws into effect including the American s with Disabilities Act of 1990 which is seen as one of the most pro-civil right bills in many decades. He was also responsible for the reauthorization of the Clean Air Act which required cleaner burning fuels. He is the last president to have been a World War II veteran.
Long before serving his terms in the white house, Bush Sr. (as he is commonly referred to today), was the youngest aviator in the US Navy in 1941, at the age of 18, enlisting in the Army following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His strong, responsible nature didn’t begin with his time in the service but instead went well back to his days at Phillips Academy where he held a large number of leadership roles such as being the president of his senior class, president of the community fund-raising group, captain of both the varsity baseball and soccer team, and a member of the editorial board of the school newspaper.
After his presidential term, President Bush and Barbara retired to an exclusive neighborhood in Houston and each year he holds a fishing tournament in the Florida Keys. Also, in 1993 he was awarded a honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, following in the footsteps of President’s Eisenhower and Reagan. In 2006, he was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) for his work in bettering the lives of Americans.
His life was full of interesting twists and turns during which time he strove to better the lives of those in his life and then to all Americans once he moved into politics. We applaud his perseverance! Tune in next month to learn more about the presidents born in July. Looking for a great day trip for the family? Visit our Hall of Presidents. Want to read about more presidents? Check out our Presidential Birthdays blog category page.