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  Bush, Barbara
NameBarbara Bush
, Texas , United States
Born June 08, 1925
DiedApril 17, 2018 (92 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedCharlotte Rose
Mar 27, 2019 07:33am
InfoBarbara was born in 1925 to Pauline and Marvin Pierce, who later became president of McCall Corporation. In the suburban town of Rye, New York, she had a happy childhood. She went to boarding school at Ashley Hall in South Carolina, and it was at a dance during Christmas vacation when she was only 16 that she met George Bush, a senior at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. They became engaged a year and a half later, just before he went off to war as a Navy torpedo bomber pilot. By the time George returned on leave, Barbara had dropped out of Smith College. Two weeks later, on January 6, 1945, they were married.

After the war, George graduated from Yale, and they set out for Texas to start their lives together. Six children were born to them: George, Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. Meanwhile, George built a business in the oil industry. With Texas as home base, he then turned to politics and public service, serving as a member of Congress, U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U. S. Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and later as Vice President. In those 44 years of marriage, Mrs. Bush managed 29 moves of the family.

When her husband was away, she became the family linchpin, providing everything from discipline to carpools. The death of their daughter Robin from leukemia when she was not quite four left George and Barbara Bush with a lifelong compassion. She says, "Because of Robin, George and I love every living human more."

Barbara Bush was always an asset to her husband during his campaigns for public office. Her friendly, forthright manner won her high marks from the voters and the press. As wife of the Vice President, she selected the promotion of literacy as her special cause. As First Lady, she called working for a more literate America the "most important issue we have." Involved with many organizations devoted to this cause, she became Honorary Chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. A strong advocate of volunteerism, Mrs. Bush helped many causes--including the homeless, AIDS, the elderly, and school volunteer programs.

Today Barbara Bush lives in a home she and her husband built in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys being part of the community. Their children and grandchildren visit them often in Houston and at the family summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Devoted to her family, Mrs. Bush still finds time to work on an autobiography, serve on the Boards of AmeriCares and the Mayo Clinic, and continue her prominent role in the Barbara Bush Foundation.

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
08/01/1992-08/01/1992 Gallup 69.00% ( 12.0) 10.00% ( 3.0) 1.00% ( 1.0)
04/01/1992-04/01/1992 Gallup 81.00% ( 5.0) 13.00% ( 8.0) 0.00% ( 0.0)
01/01/1989-01/01/1989 Gallup 86.00% ( 0.0) 5.00% ( 0.0) 0.00% ( 0.0)

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Apr 25, 2013 07:30am News Barbara Bush On Jeb Running For President: 'We've Had Enough Bushes'  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Feb 15, 2011 03:55pm Amusing Barbara Bush mocks Boehner  Article COSDem 
Mar 04, 2009 10:00pm News Barbara Bush rests comfortably after heart surgery  Article The Sunset Provision 
Nov 26, 2008 07:00am General Former first lady [Barbara Bush] hospitalized in Houston  Article DFWDem 
Mar 22, 2006 11:00pm General Former first lady's donation aids son  Article RP 
Sep 05, 2005 08:00pm Interview Barbara Bush: Things Working Out "Very Well" for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans  Article Biden '16 

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Husband George H. W. Bush Jan 06, 1945-Apr 17, 2018
Son George W. Bush 1946-
Granddaughter Barbara Pierce Bush 1981-
Granddaughter Jenna Welch Bush Hager 1981-
Daughter Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush 1949-1953
Son Jeb Bush 1953-
Grandson George P. Bush 1976-
Grandson Jeb Bush, Jr. 1983-
Son Neil Mallon Bush 1955-
Grandson Pierce Mallon Bush 0000-
Granddaughter Lauren Bush Lauren 1984-
Son Marvin Pierce Bush 1956-
Daughter Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch 1959-
Father Marvin Pierce 1893-1969
Brother (FNU) Pierce 0000-
Niece Margaret "Peggy" Peters 0000-
Father In-Law Prescott Sheldon Bush 1895-1972
Mother In-Law Dorothy Walker Bush 1901-1992

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  11/04/1980 Second Spouse Won 90.89% (+81.78%)
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