President Trump issued a statement early Saturday morning on the death of former President George H.W. Bush, remembering him as an "unflappable" leader and devoted family man.
Bush 41 was hospitalized at Houston Methodist Hospital for an infection that spread to his blood.
The former president, who served as a US naval aviator during World War Two, had attended his wife's funeral in Houston in a wheelchair and wore a pair of colorful socks festooned with books, in honor of his late wife's commitment to literacy.
We're taking a look back on the life and career of former President George H.W. Bush. The couple was married for 73 years.
He also served as a congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice-president.
Bush, a MA native, joined the USA armed forces on his 18th birthday in 1938 and eventually became the youngest naval pilot at the time.
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He Graduated in 1948 with a degree in economics (Yale University).
"His life spanned the American Century-he fought in World War 2. took part in the Texas oil boom. served out a distinguished career in public service including serving as president during the final days of the Cold War".
In 2001, Bush became just the second USA president after John Adams to see his son become president.
When the Soviet Union finally fell, Bush heralded it as a "victory for democracy and freedom" but held back on implementing a US-centric policy on the confederation of nations that emerged.
Thousands of U.S. troops were sent into Panama and the country's leader, Manuel Noriega, was arrested on drug trafficking charges and extradited to the United States to face trial.
Bush faced a serious challenge when Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.