Barbara Bush was the 41st First Lady of the United States from 1989-1993. She was born in 8 June 1923 in Rye New York, and she died 18 April 2018 (last night) in Houston Texas at the age of 92 years old.
Barbara’s father was president of the McCall Corporation, which published McCall and Redbook magazine. Her family was quite wealthy, so Barbara was educated in the finest schools. She was athletic and studious.
Barbara met and married George Bush when she was 16 years old. George was a torpedo bomber pilot in the Navy and served during World War II. Sometime after they were married, Barbara dropped out of school to become a homemaker wife which was the norm in those days. After WWII ended, George became an oil tycoon and their family moved around a lot. Eventually they decided to settle in Texas, where George began his political career. First George was elected Harris County Republican Party Chairman. He also ran for Texas state senator, lost, but became a U.S. Representative.
As a wife of a politician, Barbara did a lot of charitable works and volunteering. When her husband decided to run for president she stood by and supported him. However, even though a conservative, Barbara had some liberal views on some issues. She supported the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which dealt with women’s equality in regards to divorce, property, and employment. She also declared herself pro-choice. This caused her to receive some backlash from the Republican party and probably effected her husband’s campaign. Bush lost the presidential nomination to Reagan, but became Vice President instead, so Barbara Bush was Second Lady of the United States from 1981-1989. When George Bush ran for president again, he was elected.
As First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush was most known for her advocacy for literacy. She developed the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. It was her campaigning for literacy among parents and children that, early reading to children by their parents took off and became a national trend. Most Americans in the United States have an array of children’s books in the house that they read to their children regularly. She was also especially concerned with helping immigrants learn to read and write, so that they may also participate in early reading to their children. Barbara Bush was responsible for instilling a love for reading, as well as making literacy a cultural and societal importance and a priority in the United States.
Barbara had six children with husband George Bush…
George W. Bush Jr. (1946-)
Pauline Robinson Bush (1949-1953). Died of Lukemia.
Jeb Bush (1953-)
Neil Bush (1955-)
Marvin Bush (1956-)
Dorothy Bush Koch (1959-)