Former President George H.W. Bush's career in photos(27 images)
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died November 30, 2018, his family announced. He was 94. His death came six months after the passing of his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.
After serving as vice president from 1981 to 1989 he was elected president in 1988, defeating Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, the first sitting vice president to be elevated to the presidency since Martin Van Buren in 1837.
President H.W. Bush led the country during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany; the overthrow, with the help of U.S. troops, of the Manuel Noriega regime in Panama; the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War; and the first Gulf War against Iraq in defense of Kuwait.
Former President George H. W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush attend the second day of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. on September 2, 2008. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI
Former Presidents Ronald Reagan, (L) Gerald Ford (C) and George H.W. Bush attend a fundraising dinner in Houston on September 16, 1980. Reagan was the Republican presidential candidate at this time and Bush was his vice presidential running mate. File Photo by UPI
Vice President-Elect George H.W. Bush (L) is escorted by Frank Sinatra (R) as he arrives at the Capital Centre for the Inaugural Gala honoring President-Elect Ronald Reagan January 19, 1981. File Photo by UPI
President of West Germany Dr. Karl Carstens gives a speech to a joint session of Congress on October 5, 1983, in Washington with Vice President George H.W. Bush (L) and House Speaker Thomas O’Neill applauding. File Photo by Mal Langsdon/UPI
President George H.W. Bush holds Jessica McClure, a Texas toddler whose rescue from an abandoned well in Texas captured national attention, on July 19, 1989, at the White House. File Photo courtesy the White House
President George H.W. Bush and British Prince Charles chat after the Prince of Wales landed by helicopter at Camp David to have dinner with the Bushes, February 17, 1989. File Photo by UPI
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (L) and U.S. President George H.W. Bush (R) eat dinner during a summit December 2, 1989, in Malta. On December 3, the two leaders declared an end to the Cold War. File Photo by David Valdez/U.S. President's Office