George W. Bush Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States. Come learn about his family, his life in Texas, his time in the White House, and some interesting facts about President Bush.

Early Life

Before George W. Bush became President of the United States, he was a kid just like you. He was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, to George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He was the first son in a big family, with three brothers and two sisters. The whole family moved to Texas when he was young.

When George grew up, he went to Yale University where he got a degree in history in 1968. After getting his degree, George served in the Texas Air National Guard and was a fighter pilot. In 1974, he left the Guard and went back to college.

Bush in the Texas Air National Guard
Bush in the Texas Air National Guard

George got his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard University in 1975 and moved back to Midland, Texas, where he started a business.

He met his wife, Laura, in a friend's backyard when they both went to a cookout. They got married in 1977 and had twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, in 1981.

Governor Bush

George W. Bush is a member of the Republican political party. He ran for Governor of Texas in 1994 and won.

He also won a second election in 1998 and was the first Texas Governor to be elected for two four-year periods back-to-back. His brother, Jeb, became Governor of Florida in 1998, too.

President Bush

In 2000, George W. Bush ran for president and won, taking office in January of 2001. His dad, George H.W. Bush, was the 41st President of the United States and also a Republican. They are only the second father and son to both be president. John Adams and John Quincy Adams are the other father-and-son presidents.

President George W. Bush
President George W. Bush

From the beginning, President George W. Bush wanted to improve education for children with the No Child Left Behind Act, and set up mentoring for struggling kids through the Helping America's Youth Initiative. He raised the amount of Pell grant money available for college students and worked to lower taxes so people could keep more of the money they made.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four planes and attacked the United States. They destroyed the Twin Towers in New York and flew one airplane into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. After that deadly day, President Bush's focus was on fighting terrorism and protecting the United States.

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