Former US president George Bush dies at 94

Former President George H.W. Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday about eight months after the death of his wife Barbara Bush

The importance of building up relationships was an ethos Bush brought not only to domestic politics, but also to worldwide affairs, which became his major focus as president.

Bush's eldest son, former President George W. Bush, issued a statement shortly after the announcement of his death.

After graduating from Yale University and venturing into the oil business, Bush jumped into politics and eventually became a congressman, representing the 7th Congressional District in Texas.

His presidency coincided with a period of world upheaval that saw the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the start of America's post-Cold War conflicts. He bailed out of the aircraft and was rescued in the waters off the Bonin Islands.

As these images make clear, the future President whose "wit, stamina and enthusiasm" impressed the global community had no shortage of enthusiasm for the rest of life as well.

After two terms and another failed Senate bid in 1970, he was appointed by President Richard Nixon as USA ambassador to the United Nations.

His successors have had their share of degrees from Harvard and Yale, but Bush was thoroughly a product of the WASPy aristocracy of the Northeast - a graduate of Andover and Yale, the son of a CT U.S. senator, the scion of two Wall Street banking dynasties.

Former President George H.W. Bush listens to the national anthem with Airmen from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in 2006
Former President George H.W. Bush listens to the national anthem with Airmen from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in 2006

He was a local Republican Party chairman, and in 1966 won a seat in the US House of Representatives. That loss set him on a path to the string of high-level appointments in the 1970s.

As the last USA president to have served in World War II and the country's last Cold War leader, the end of Mr Bush's time in the White House marked the end of a political era. He is the 41st President of the United States and served the country from 1989 to 1993. Some critics viewed the ad as racist and an attempt to play on white voters' fears of crimes committed by menacing black men.

Former president George H.W. Bush, former president George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and family leave St. Martin's Episcopal Church following the funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

American politicians on both sides of the aisle early Saturday mourned the death of former president George H.W. Bush and praised his lifetime of service and his legacy. There can be no question that his highest commitment was always to our country and to our values - to justice, freedom, and the rights of human beings everywhere.

On several occasions this year, he had to be hospitalised.

Barbara first met George Snr when she was 17 years old and they married in January 1945, when she was 19.

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