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George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton Massachusetts on June 12 1924 the second of five children of Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush His mother Dorothy was the daughter of a wealthy investor and his father Prescott was an investment banker and US Senator from Connecticut As a child George attended private schools in Greenwich Connecticut and later the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover Massachusetts On his 18th birthday he joined the US Naval Reserve and became the youngest pilot in the Navy when he received his wings at the age of 20 As carrier pilot during World War II he was shot down by Japanese fire over the Pacific Ocean and was rescued from the water by a U S submarine Following this mission he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in action as well as three Air Medals Discharged in 1945 he returned to his family in Greenwich Later that year he married Barbara Pierce with whom he had six children including current president George W Bush Also he continued his education by enrolling at Yale University following a family tradition While there he joined the exclusive Skull and Bones society He majored in economics completed college in three years and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1948 After graduating he was offered a position in his fathers firm but rejected it for a position at Dresser Industries working in the west Texas oil fields In 1953 he co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Corporation and in 1954 he co-founded and became president of the Zapata Offshore Company Georges political career began when he ran for the United States Senate in 1964 and was defeated He didnt give up though and went on to become the first Republican to represent Houston in the House of Representatives in 1966In 1970 Bush was defeated once again in running for the United States Senate As a consolation president Richard Nixon appointed
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