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 U.S. Republican Party, he was previously a congressman, ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. He is the oldest living former President and Vice President.
He is also the last living former President who is a veteran of World War II. Bush is often referred to as “George H. W. Bush”, “Bush 41”, “Bush the Elder”, or “George Bush Sr.” to distinguish him from his eldest son, George W. Bush, who was the 43rd President of the United States. Prior to his son’s presidency, he was known simply as George Bush or President Bush. Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, to Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Bush postponed college, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy at the time.