George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States

Is your surname Bush?

Research the Bush family

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

George Walker Bush

Also Known As: "Dubya"
Current Location:: Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, United States
Birthplace: New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the USA and Barbara Bush
Husband of Laura Welch Bush, First Lady of the United States
Father of Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
Brother of Pauline Robin Bush; Gov. John "Jeb" Ellis Bush; Neil Mallon Bush; Marvin Pierce Bush and Dorothy Walker Koch

Occupation: 43rd U.S. President, President of the United States, 43rd President of the United States
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States

George W. Bush July 6, 1946 New Haven, CT, USA

Parents: George H. W. Bush June 12, 1924 and Barbara (Pierce) Bush June 9, 1925

Wife: Laura Welch November 4, 1946

Children: twin daughters

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He was also the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

Bush was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale University in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, he worked in the oil industry. Bush married Laura Welch in 1977 and ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives shortly thereafter. He later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election. Bush was elected president in 2000 when he defeated Democratic incumbent vice president Al Gore after a close and controversial win that involved a stopped recount in Florida. He became the fourth person to be elected president while receiving fewer popular votes than his opponent.

Bush is a member of a prominent political family and is the eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. He is only the second president to assume the nation's highest office after his father, following the lead of John Quincy Adams. His brother, Jeb Bush, a former Governor of Florida, was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2016 presidential election. His paternal grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a United States Senator from Connecticut.

The September 11 terrorist attacks occurred eight months into Bush's first term as president. Bush responded with what became known as the Bush Doctrine: launching a "War on Terror", an international military campaign that included the war in Afghanistan in 2001 and the Iraq War in 2003. He signed into law broad tax cuts, the Patriot Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, Medicare prescription drug benefits for seniors, and funding for the AIDS relief program known as PEPFAR. His tenure included national debates on immigration, Social Security, electronic surveillance, and torture.

In the 2004 Presidential race, Bush defeated Democratic Senator John Kerry in another relatively close election. After his re-election, Bush received increasingly heated criticism from across the political spectrum for his handling of the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and other challenges. Amid this criticism, the Democratic Party regained control of Congress in the 2006 elections. In December 2007, the United States entered its longest post-World War II recession, often referred to as the "Great Recession", prompting the Bush administration to obtain congressional passage of multiple economic programs intended to preserve the country's financial system.

Nationally, Bush was both one of the most popular and unpopular presidents in history, having received the highest recorded presidential approval ratings in the wake of the September 11 attacks, as well as one of the lowest approval ratings during the 2008 financial crisis. Bush left office in 2009 and returned to Texas, where he purchased a home in Dallas. In 2010, he published his memoir, Decision Points. His presidential library was opened in 2013. His presidency has been ranked among the worst in historians' polls that were published in the late 2000s and 2010s, consistently ranking in the 2nd sextile, while his favorability ratings with the public have increased since leaving office.

• 1. John TILLEY (1571-1620) m. Joan HURST (1567-1620)

• 2. Elizabeth TILLEY (1607-1687) m. John HOWLAND (1593-1672)

• 3. Hope HOWLAND (1629-1683) m. John CHIPMAN (1613-1708)

• 4. Hope CHIPMAN m. John HUCKINS

• 5. Hope HUCKINS m. Thomas NELSON

• 6. Hannah NELSON m. Jabez WOOD

• 7. Jabez WOOD (1718-) m. Joanna SHORT

• 8. Joanna WOOD (1750-1813) m. Comfort HORTON (1743-1805)

• 9. Sarah HORTON (1777-1856) m. Jarvis WHEELER (1774-1852)

• 10. Betsey S. WHEELER (1800-1881) m. Levi PIERCE (1797-1838)

• 11. Elizabeth Slade PIERCE (1822-1901) m. Courtland Philip Livingston BUTLER (1813-1891)

• 12. Mary Elizabeth BUTLER (1850-1897) m. Robert Emmet SHELDON (1845-1917)

• 13. Flora SHELDON (1872-1920) m. Samuel Prescott BUSH (1863-1948)

• 14. Prescott Sheldon BUSH (1895-1972) m. Dorothy WALKER (1901-)

• 15. George Herbert Walker BUSH President (1924-) m. Barbara PIERCE, descendant of Benjamin Baldwin

• 16. George Walker BUSH President (1946-) m. Laura Lane WELCH (1946-)

Although he is not an ancestor, there appears to be a blood relationship to our line, so George W. Bush is included in a "celeb" spot.

This rests on the ancestry of his mother, Barbara Bush, based on the unpublished work of Michael E. Pollock,

Sarah Vasche met Cousin George and spoke with when he came to the Albuquerque area during his first presidential campaign

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. Bush was first elected in the 2000 presidential election, and reelected for a second term in the 2004 presidential election. He previously served as the forty-sixth Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000, and is the eldest son of former United States President George Herbert Walker Bush.

Following college, Bush worked in his family's oil businesses before making an unsuccessful run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. He later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before returning to politics in a campaign for Governor of Texas. He defeated Ann Richards and was elected Governor of Texas in 1994. Bush won the presidency in 2000 as the Republican candidate in a close and controversial contest, in which he lost the nationwide popular vote, but won the electoral vote.

As president, Bush signed into law a $1.35 trillion tax cut program in 2001, and in 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act. In October 2001, after the attacks on September 11, 2001, Bush announced a global War on Terrorism and ordered an invasion of Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban, destroy Al-Qaeda, and to capture Osama bin Laden. In March 2003, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, asserting that Iraq was in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1441 and that the war was necessary for the protection of the United States.

Running as a self-described "war president" in the midst of the Iraq War, Bush was re-elected on November 2, 2004; his presidential campaign against Senator John Kerry was successful despite controversy over Bush's prosecution of the Iraq War and domestic issues.

History may look kindly on Cousin George as someone who stood boldly and in fact pre-emptively against jihadism.

43rd President of the United States of America

George W. Bush declared a global War on Terrorism and the overthrow of the Taliban. He also adopted the No Child Left Behind Act.

view all 34

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States's Timeline

July 6, 1946
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
- 1960
Age 5
The Kinkaid School, Houston, TX, United States
- 1964
Age 13
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, United States
- 1964
Age 13
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, United States
- 1968
Age 17
Yale University
- 1968
Age 17
Yale University, Connecticut, United States
May 1968
Age 21
Texas Air National Guard, Houston, Texas, United States
- 1973
Age 26
Harvard University
November 25, 1981
Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, United States