Candid photos of President George H.W. Bush on Inaugural Day in 1989, recall happier times. George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American statesman and Republican Party politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989; he had previously been a U.S. Representative, Ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. During his career in public service, he was known simply as George Bush; after his eldest son George W. Bush became President of the United States in 2001, he was referred to as “George H. W. Bush”, “Bush 41”, or “George Bush Sr”.
Bush suffered from vascular parkinsonism, a form of Parkinson’s disease which had forced him to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair since at least 2012. He died on November 30, 2018, aged 94, at his home in Houston. Tributes and condolences were offered by former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama.
On December 3, 2018, Bush became the 12th U.S. President to lie in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Bush’s remains will lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (Houston) from the evening of December 5 until 11:15 a.m. Central Standard Time on December 6.
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