In 1924, George H. W. Bush, who, in 1943, was the youngest pilot in the U.S. Navy. Bush served active duty in the Navy from the summer of 1942 until the fall of 1945, flying torpedo bombers during World War II. Throughout his career in the Navy, Bush was awarded the Flying Cross and three Air Medals. Upon graduating from Yale, Bush started his own oil company in Texas and co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Corporation. Although Bush did not win his first Senate race in 1964, he was elected to the House of Representatives 2 years later. In the 1970s, Bush became Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. President Ronald Reagan selected Bush as his running mate in 1980, and Bush would serve 2-terms as Vice President. In 1988, George Bush became the 41st President of the United States. Under his Presidency, Bush saw the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Bush now lives in Texas with his wife, Barbara.
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George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) is an American politician who was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. A member of the Republican Party, he was previously a congressman, ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. He is the oldest living former President and Vice President. Since 2000, Bush has often been referred to as "George H. W. Bush", "Bush 41", "Bush the Elder", or "George Bush Senior" to distinguish him from his eldest son, George W. Bush, who became the 43rd President of the United States after the 2000 election.