Former President George H.W. Bush dead at 94

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His death was announced on behalf of George W.by spokesman Jim McGrath. They also spent time in Kennebunkport, Maine, where the Bush family has long had a waterside home.

The former commander-in-chief was treated for pneumonia and was temporarily placed on a ventilator in 2017.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born June 12, 1924 in Milton, Mass., the son of Dorothy Walker Bush and Prescott Bush, a banker who later became a Republican senator from CT.

Following a failed run for the Senate in 1964, Bush entered the US House of Representatives in 1967, serving two terms, until a second bid for the Senate in 1970 again ended in failure.

Bush's passing comes scant months after the death of his wife and first lady Barbara Bush - his "most beloved woman in the world" - to whom he was married for 73 years. Barbara, 92, suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure. They were the longest-married presidential couple in USA history.

Bush was a skilled bureaucratic and diplomatic player who, as President, helped end four decades of Cold War and the threat of nuclear engagement with a nuanced handling of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the liberation of Eastern Europe.

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




He also served as a congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice-president.

There will no doubt be additional weighing in about the elder Bush's presidential career, both the ups and the downs.

Just weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr Bush launched Operation Just Cause in December 1989. Dan Quayle of IN as his running mate, and won, IN 1988. It's left to be seen whether Trump receives an invite to the Bush funeral.

Thousands of USA troops were sent into Panama and the country's leader, Manuel Noriega, was arrested on drug trafficking charges and extradited to the United States to face trial. Around 23,000 U.S. troops took part part in "Operation Just Cause" and invaded Panama.

Trump also designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning.

George H.W. Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday in 1942, right out of prep school.

Buoyed by his victory in the Gulf, Bush and his hard-nosed and widely respected secretary of state James Baker cobbled together the 1991 Madrid Conference to launch the Arab-Israeli peace process. Later, he sent troops to the Mideast to repel Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his attempted takeover of oil-rich Kuwait.

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