George Bush Is A Perfect Example Of A Renaissance Man.

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George Bush is a perfect example of a Renaissance man. He has been involved in many different things. He started an oil business, fought in World War II, served as a representative to congress, an Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the US Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China, the Director of the CIA, as president, and as vice president. Bush has done many things in his life to make him a renaissance man. George Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. He was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. His father, Prescott Bush, was an investment banker and a partner in the Wall Street firm Brown Brothers, Harriman Company. Prescott also served as a senator from 1952 to 1963. Bush had one sister and three brothers. Bush went to school at Country Day School then later went to Phillips Academy. He graduated from Yale with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1948. In 1945, Bush married Barbara Pierce and had six children: George W, John, Neil, Marvin, Dorothy, and Robin. On June 12, 1942, on his 18th birthday Bush joined the Navy. He was trained to fly an avenger, which was a torpedo plane. In January 1944, he was assigned to San Jacinto, an aircraft carrier bound for the Pacific. The ship's crew encountered two crash landings on the ship, one due to mechanical failure and the other from enemy fire. While on a mission, Bush's plane was hit by enemy fire. Bush continued his mission, and managed to take out his target, a Japanese radio tower. He ended up bailing out nine miles later and paddled his life raft two hours until he was picked up by the submarine Finback. Bush returned to his ship and finished the war with a total of 1,228 hours of flying that included 58 combat missions. After the war, Bush was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross. ("The American Presidents: Their Roles in World War II") After World War II, Bush started in the oil business. First, he went to Texas with his wife and son to work at Dresser Industries, an oil-field supply company. Later, in 1953, he co-founded Zapata Petroleum Corporation and became the President of the Zapata Off-Shore Company. In 1958, Bush moved the headquarters from Midland, TX to Houston. Bush kept the role of president until 1964. He later sold the company and made a large profit. (Grolier Encyclopedia....

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