The official portrait of Barbara Bush
The official portrait of Barbara Bush
 
 
Wedding picture of Barbara and George Bush
Wedding picture of Barbara and George Bush
 
 
Photo of the Bush family
Photo of the Bush family
 
 
Painting of Barbara Bush with her pet, Millie
Painting of Barbara Bush with her pet, Millie
 
 
President and First Lady Bush
President and First Lady Bush
 
 
Photo of the then living First Ladies taken in 1991
Photo of the then living First Ladies taken in 1991
 
 
The official photo of Barbara Bush
The official photo of Barbara Bush
 
#41 Bush, Barbara
Topic(s):   First Ladies (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Full Name Barbara Pierce Bush
Born June 8, 1925 (Bronx, New York)
Died April 17, 2018 (Houston, Texas)
Nationality American
First Lady Number 41
Dates in the White House January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993
Occupation(s) wife, mother, book author
Major Achievement(s) promoted family literacy; wife and mother to a president, wife of Vice President

Barbara Pierce grew up in a rich family. She enjoyed swimming, tennis, and dancing. She met George Bush at a dance when she was 16. He was 17. They were engaged before she graduated high school.

Once married, Barbara devoted herself to George. They had six children. George worked in the oil business. His success led to jobs in the Republican Party.

George became vice-president. Barbara chose literacy, the ability to read, as her cause. It remained important to her when he was elected president. She began a foundation for family literacy. Barbara wrote two children’s books. She gave the books’ profits to literacy causes.

Barbara was one of America’s oldest First Ladies. She had white hair. She did not dress in high style. She walked her dog in her robe and slippers. Americans liked that she was relaxed. She received nearly 3,000 letters a week.

Barbara was unhappy when George was not re-elected. They settled in both Texas and Maine. Barbara continued her work in literacy.

Barbara was active in the political campaigns of their two sons. She helped her son, Jeb Bush. He was elected governor of Florida in 1999.

Barbara’s oldest son, George W. Bush, became president in 2001. That made Barbara only the second woman in U.S. history to be both wife and mother of a president.

Resource information

Barbara Pierce Bush Biography. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://bush41.org/bpb-biography

Klapthor, M. B., Black, A. M., White House Historical Association, & National Geographic Society (U.S.). (1999). The First Ladies. Washington, DC: White House Historical Association with the cooperation of the National Geographic Society.

Kramer, S. (2001). The look-it-up book of first ladies. New York: Random House.

Mayo, E. (1996). The Smithsonian book of the first ladies: Their lives, times, and issues. New York: H. Holt.

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