41st President George H.W. Bush dies at 94

41st President George H.W. Bush dies at 94

41st President George H.W. Bush dies at 94

Former US president George HW Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, is dead, his family announced late Friday.

In his retirement years, Bush watched as one of his sons, George W. Bush, twice won the presidency, only the second time in US history that a father and son both became the USA leaders.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 pm on Friday night in the USA, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. In 1945 he had married Barbara Pierce and the couple went on to have six children, though their daughter, Robin, died in 1953 of leukemia when she was four years old. "From his service in World War II as a naval aviator to his efforts organizing global disaster relief, the nation and world will never forget his years of public service". His younger son, Jeb Bush, served as governor of Florida and mounted a disappointing presidential run in 2016.

Under Gerald Ford, Nixon's successor, Bush served first as an envoy to China, before becoming director of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1976, stepping down from the role after less than a year when Jimmy Carter took the White House for the Democrats.

"We hope they walk away knowing something new, either about the American system, how it operates or a little bit of history of George Bush and his life", said Warren Finch, the director of the library and museum.

It wasn't an easy job: when LIFE Magazine caught up with him, it was at the tense moment that the United Nations made a decision to admit "Red China" as a member in place of the Nationalist government based in Taipei.

The president's health had been in decline in recent months.

In August 1990 he responded to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, creating a national coalition led by the U.S. that liberated the oil-rich yet tiny nation but stopped short of toppling the Iraqi dictator.

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But Mr Bush will perhaps be best remembered as the commander-in-chief who sanctioned the Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Storm.

George W Bush, who was the 43rd president, issued a statement following his father's death.

Bush lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.

"President Bush guided our nation and the world to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War", the Trumps wrote. He was succeeded by Democrat Bill Clinton.

"After seventy-three years of marriage, George and Barbara Bush are together again now, two points of light that never dimmed, two points of light that ignited countless others with their example".

Our thoughts are with George's family and friends during this hard time.

"He was 94 and survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two siblings", the statement read.

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