Friends and Family members get ready to say goodbye to Former President George Herbert Walker Bush.
He had been the oldest living Former President. But George Herbert Walker Bush has passed away at the age of 94. He died in Houston on Friday Night.
He was the 41st President of the United States, who also served as Vice President to Ronald Reagan. Although he would only serve one term, he led the country through a pivotal time in history. The Soviet Union officially dissolved in 1991, and Bush led a coalition to expel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.
He was the youngest fighter pilot in the Navy and was shot down by the Japanese in 1944.
Bush was encouraged to run for office by Richard Nixon in 1966. (Nixon was working the political circuit himself for Republican congressional candidates as a former Vice President at the time before he would get the Presidential nomination in 1968.) He would be nominated, by President Nixon, as ambassador to the United Nations.
He was an envoy to China, CIA Director, and when he lost the Republican Presidential Primary in 1980, he would be named by Ronald Reagan as his running mate. In 1988, he would win the Presidency in his own right by defeating Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis. But with a failing economy, he would lose to Bill Clinton in 1992. For more, click here.