He was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton.
The 1991 Gulf War stoked his popularity.
"Read my lips: no news taxes".The aircraft carrier on which he served, the San Jacinto, was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
George H.W. Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in MA, into a wealthy and politically active family.
Still, he lived to see his son, George W., twice elected to the presidency - only the second father-and-son chief executives, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts into a wealthy New England political dynasty - the son of Prescott Bush, a successful banker and United States senator for CT.More news: Kareem Hunt Kicks Abigail Ottinger in February 2018
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Bush is survived by his sons, former President George W. Bush, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, and daughter Dorothy Bush Koch.
Bush died at 10.40pm CT on Friday, his office confirmed in a statement.
Despite the loss of mobility, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by taking part in a tandem parachute jump in Maine.
He had been hospitalised for low blood pressure and fatigue in May, a week after arriving in ME to spend the summer. He met Barbara Pierce during a party Phillips Academy party in 1941. "He is preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara".
Lean and athletic at 188cm tall, Bush became a war hero while still a teenager. In 1943, he was the youngest pilot in the Navy.
In a life on the world stage and at the highest levels of the American political scene, Bush lost and won elections before becoming the American leader in 1989, and then, with a declining USA economy and unemployment rising, was turned out of office after four years in the White House, losing his re-election bid in 1992.