28 Vintage Photographs of George H.W. Bush Before He Became the 41st President of the United States

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George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30, 2018 at the age of 94, served the government in various roles before he was elected president in 1988.

With a rich political and personal legacy, former President George H. W. Bush left no shortage of memorable photos from his time both in and out of office. He was also no stranger to controversy and was voted out after one term, bringing an end to the Reagan Republican era.

Before his life in the limelight, the Senator’s son made his mark as a Navy pilot in WWII and captain of the Yale baseball team before making his fortune drilling oil in Texas. His marriage to Barbara Pierce, daughter of the McCall’s magazine publisher, was the longest of any U.S. presidential couple.

In politics, Bush served in numerous roles over more than 25 years: U.S. Congressman from Texas (1966-1970), ambassador to the United Nations (1971-1974), Special Envoy to China (1974-1975), Republican National Chairman (1975-1976), CIA director (1976-1977), Vice President of the U.S. (1981-1989), and the 41st President of the United States (1989-1993).

Since exiting the highest office, his love of life and family was never more visible. He saw his first son become the 43rd U.S. President – only the second father-son presidential duo in U.S. history – and to the delight of many photographers he went skydiving at age 85 and took to wearing colorful socks while traveling in a wheelchair.

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George Herbert Walker Bush is pictured when he was one and a half year old.

Five-year-old George H. W. Bush stands with his sister Mercy in Milton, Massachusetts, 1929.

Here Bush is as a young teenager, July 1937.

George H.W. Bush at summer camp, 1939.

The future president poses in his Phillips Academy Andover baseball uniform, 1941.

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