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George W. Bush

             Bush, the forty-third president of the United States, was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven Connecticut. George is the eldest son of former president George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush. The Family moved to Odessa Texas in 1948, where his father worked in the oil business. Bush grew up mainly in Midland and Houston Texas. (www.teachervision.com) He has four siblings. They are Jeb (governor of Florida), Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. A fifth sibling, Robin died of leukemia in 1953 at the age of three. Bush, like his father, attended the prestigious Philips Andover Academy in Massachusetts. He then attended Yale University, and graduated in 1968 with a bachelor's degree. He then returned to Texas and joined the Texas Air National Guard, where he flew F-102 fighter jets. Eventually he became a lieutenant, but never fought in Vietnam. (www.biography.com) .
             In the early 1970s, Bush moved back to East Texas and worked as a management trainee at an agricultural firm and on U.S. Senate campaigns in Florida and Alabama. Bush entered Harvard Business School in 1975 and earned an M.B.A. Bush then decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and try the oil business. He opened an independent oil and gas exploration company in Midland. He called it Arbusto, which is Spanish for "bush." Then in 1977 he married Laura Welch who was a former teacher and librarian. They had twin daughters in 1981. Their names are Barbara and Jenna. (www.biography.com).
             In 1978 Bush, amidst his business ventures, Bush joined the race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Bush won in the primaries, but he lost in the general election to Democratic State Senator Kent Hance by six percentage points. In the early 1980s a decline in oil prices forced Bush into merging his oil company with an oil-investing fund called Spectrum 7. He became a chairman of the new corporation. After a sudden collapse in oil prices in 1986, Spectrum was sold to Harken Energy for a bargain price.

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