June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018
The Houston Chronicle reports on the life and political history of George H. W. Bush, a single term Republican president. Many remember him dooming his second term presidential aspirations with this now famous 1988 statement: “Read my lips, no new taxes!” It was a pledge he reneged on amid looming budget deficits and fierce Democrat opposition.
Bush “41” was a two-term Vice President to President Ronald Reagan. During his own presidency, he made a positive impact on the U.S. Supreme Court when he appointed federal appeals court judge Clarence Thomas as an associate justice in 1991.
A World War II hero and patriarch of a political dynasty, he was the father of President George W. Bush and Florida Governor “Jeb” Bush, who lost his own bid for the presidency.
The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation has his complete biography and his “official obituary.”