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Bush, Barbara Pierce (The Silver Fox)

Born: 1925 AD
Currently alive, at 90 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: First Ladies, Political Leader


1925 - Barbara Bush, born on the 8th of June in Rye, New York, U.S. The wife of George Bush, 41st president of the United States. One of the most popular first ladies, she was noted for her charitable and humanitarian efforts.

1989 - 1993 - She became American first lady.

1943 - After public elementary school, “Bar,” as she was called, entered the private Rye Country Day School and then Ashley Hall, a private boarding school in Charleston, South Carolina, where she graduated.

      - She was engaged to Geoge Bush.

1945 - Got married on the 6th of January, a date rescheduled to fit his leave.

1946 - Their first child, known as “George W.,” was born in July.

1962 - Her husband won his first political contest, becoming chairman of the Harris county Republican Party. After he won election to the House of Representatives four years later, Barbara began to acquire the skills required of a politician's spouse, including public speaking.    

1984 - Made her first book, C. Fred's Story, written about the Bush family in the voice of their cocker spaniel, were donated to literacy charities.

1988 - Shortly after becoming first lady she was diagnosed with Graves disease. She underwent radiation therapy but continued performing her official duties.

1989 - She established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

1990 - Millie's Book, written while she was first lady, about the springer spaniel that she took to the White House.

1992 - Disappointed by the election defeat, Barbara and George Bush retired to Houston, Texas.


Page last updated: 7:11am, 05th Apr '07

  • "One thing I can say about George...he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring."
  • "You just don't luck into things as much as you'd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities."
  • "The winner of the hoop race will be the first to realize her dream, not society's dream, her own personal dream."
  • "Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that."
  • "Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!"