There’s a saying we have in Texas: “American by birth, Texan by the Grace of God”. This holds true for our late President. George H.W. Bush moved to Houston in 1958 while working in oil and gas and fell in love with the city. He’s said to have credited Houston for his political success, the city that embraced him as their own and allowed him to flourish.
In 1993, after the presidency, Bush and his family returned to Houston – where he and Barbara became regulars at church functions, fundraisers, and of course, sporting events. They were avid Texans, Rockets, and Astros fans and developed deep relationships with the teams’ owners and players, bonding over a mutual desire to serve their community.
Although Bush attended Yale University and not Texas A&M, he chose the College Station campus as the site of his presidential library, just 90 miles from Houston. Visitors can learn about the life and legacy of the former President through original exhibits, interactive tours and access to archival holdings.
On November 30, 2018, Houston and the entire nation lost our beloved 41st President of the United States of America. After 94 glorious years, George Herbert Walker Bush was laid to rest in his family plot behind the library, next to his late wife Barbara Pierce, and daughter Robin.
Farewell, Mr. President. We will forever be grateful for your service to our country and your love for our great city!
Featured Image: Vice President Bush throws out the first pitch as Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan looks on at the Astrodome, August 1988. Courtesy of George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.