Bush, George

George Herbert Walker Bush

b. 12 Jun 1924, Milton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Title: President of the United States
Term: 20 Jan 1989 - 20 Jan 1993
Chronology: 4 Jan 1989, election to the office of President of the United States is declared upon counting electoral votes (cast 19 Dec 1988), joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives, House Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [1]
20 Jan 1989, commencement of term
20 Jan 1989, took an oath of office as President of the United States, inaugural ceremony, West Front, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [2]
20 Jan 1993, expiration of term
Biography:
Served in the rank of lieutenant in the US Navy (1942-1945); graduated from the Yale University (1948); formed Bush-Overby Oil Development, Inc., Midland, Texas (1951); helped organize Zapata Petroleum Corp., Midland, Texas (1953), and first president of Zapata Off-Shore Co., Midland, Texas (1954); unsuccessful nominee to the Senate (1964); elected as a Republican to the 90th Congress; reelected to the 91st Congress (3 Jan 1967 - 3 Jan 1971); was not a candidate for reelection in 1970 to the House of Representatives but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate; US Ambassador to the United Nations (16 Feb 1971 - 18 Jan 1973); chairman, Republican National Committee (1973-1974); chief US liaison officer, People's Republic of China (1974-1976); director, Central Intelligence Agency (30 Jan 1976 - 20 Jan 1977); unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1980, but was elected Vice President on the Republican ticket with President Ronald Reagan (4 Nov 1980), and reelected (6 Nov 1984); Vice President of the United States (20 Jan 1981 - 20 Jan 1989); elected President of the United States in 1988, and was inaugurated on 20 Jan 1989; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1992.
Biographical sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (2005).
Elections:

Candidate (party) Electoral vote (19 Dec 1988)
George Herbert Walker Bush (Republican) 426
Michael Stanley Dukakis (Democratic) 111
Lloyd Millard Bentsen, Jr. (Democratic) 1
total number of electors appointed 538
number of votes for a majority 270
Source of electoral results: Congressional Record, 101st Congress, 1st Session, 195.

[1] Congressional Record, 101st Congress, 1st Session, 194-195.
[2] Congressional Record, 101st Congress, 1st Session, 303-306.
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Last updated on: 03 Jan 2012 05:04:24