By: Ryan Brady
As you most likely know, George Bush died recently. He passed away on November 30th at 91 years old, which means that he was the oldest president in history. Bush was also the last president to have served in combat (WWII). After 40 years of public service, Bush boasts many accomplishments, which are outlined in this article.
George Bush graduated from Andover and joined the navy to fight in WWII. After WWII, Bush attended Yale and earned a B.A. in economics.
In 1964, Bush became the chairman of the Republican Party in Harris County in Texas. After an unsuccessful Senate campaign, Bush ran again in 1966 and became the first Republican to represent Houston in Congress. He was later reelected in 1968, but was defeated by Lloyd Bentsen in 1970. After serving in Congress, Bush held many national titles: Ambassador to the United Nations (1971), Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1973), envoy to China (1974), and Director of Central Intelligence (1976).
In 1980, Bush ran for president. However, he dropped out of the race after it became obvious that Ronald Reagan would win the Republican nomination. Unexpectedly, Reagan chose Bush as his running mate. Together, they were elected in 1980 and reelected in 1984.
Bush ran again for president in 1988, won the Republican nomination, and was decisively elected to be the 41st president of the United States. During his time as president Bush saw many successes. In 1990, Bush passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA), which affected over 43 million Americans and outlaws discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and transportation. Also in 1990, Bush condemns Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, allowing for a successful American response, and passed the Clean Air Act, which set air pollution standards and set the goal of reducing smog, acid rain, and industrial emissions of toxic chemicals. Finally, in 1990, Bush passed the Immigration Act which allowed the admission of 700,000 aliens per year. In 1991, Bush and Gorbachev signed START-I, a nuclear arms reduction treaty. Bush also passed the Civil Rights Act of 1991 that facilitated the suing of employers by employees on the grounds of discrimination. In 1992, Bush met with Yeltsin and declared the end of the Cold War.