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President George H.W. Bush delivers the commencement address at Texas A&M University on May 12, 1989.

June 12, 1924: George Herbert Walker Bush, the United States' 41st president, was born in Milton, Massachusetts. He died Nov. 30, 2018.

The Yale graduate and World War II veteran made his mark in Texas as an oil man in the 1950s and 1960s. In the mid-1960s, he was a U.S. representative from the 7th District, in Houston.

In 1970, he served as ambassador to the United Nations, appointed by President Richard Nixon. During the next decade, he would serve as chairman of the Republican National Committee, an envoy to the People's Republic of China and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Despite a heated primary race with his Republican opponent, Ronald Reagan, Bush was selected by the presidential nominee to join the ticket as vice president. Bush remained in the office for both of Reagan's terms and went on to defeat Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential election.

Bush served one term as president, overseeing Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, and the end of the Cold War era, including the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on 90 acres of Texas A&M's West Campus. Since it opened in 1997, the library has served as a community leader, offering lectures, discussions and public celebrations year-round.

For more on the presidential library, visit our campus history page.

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