George H. W. Bush dead at 94

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Tributes started pouring in as the news of his death was announced by his family today.

George Bush Sr, as he was known, passed away on Friday evening, a statement said on behalf of the family.

The 41st president of the United States was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital in April shortly after the funeral of his wife, Barbara. Bill Clinton would defeat Bush after his first term in 1992.

His favouring of stability and worldwide consensus stands in sharp contrast to the provocative bluster of fellow Republican and current White House occupant Donald Trump, a man whom Bush did not vote for in 2016.

His son, George W. Bush, served two terms as president from 2001 through 2009. His failed 1980 presidential ended in his tenure as Reagan's vice president. It was perhaps the high point of Bush's presidency, his approval rating among US voters reaching a record 89 percent, with a fireworks display lighting the night-time sky over Washington to salute the successful mission.

Jimmy Carter was born a few months later, so he could quickly reset the record.

US President Donald Trump released a statement on Twitter saying President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service.

A website was also created to honor the former president.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts into a wealthy New England political dynasty - the son of Prescott Bush, a successful banker and USA senator for CT.

Before Bush's military career concluded in 1945, he'd flown 58 combat missions during World War II.

One saw him shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over the Pacific, leaving him to be rescued by a USA submarine.

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They were married for 73 years.

After graduating from Yale University and venturing into the oil business, Bush jumped into politics and eventually became a congressman, representing the 7th Congressional District in Texas. But to Houstonians he was one of our most esteemed and relatable neighbors.

The elder Bush said he rejected an overthrow of the Iraqi government because it would have "incurred incalculable human and political costs". He made two unsuccessful runs for Senate, but would later serve in various political capacities - including as the U.S. ambassador the United Nations, Republican National Committee chair, and Central Intelligence Agency director.

Bush famously vowed: "This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait".

The 1991 Gulf War stoked his popularity.

The conference was mainly symbolic, but it set the stage for the Oslo Accords two years later.

As one of his first major decisions, Bush chose to remove Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega - a former USA ally turned global drug lord - from power.

However, once in office, he reneged on that promise and raised several taxes in an attempt to reduce the national budget deficit in a compromise deal with Congressional Democrats.

"Our family has had a front-row seat to the most unbelievable love story", Jeb Bush said.

After retiring from public life, the late Bush joined his successor, Bill Clinton, in raising funds for victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2010 Haiti quake.

Another son, Jeb - a former Florida governor - made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination in 2016.