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World War II hero, president and father of a president George H.W. Bush has died, his family announced tonight. Not only was he the 41st President of the USA, he served as Vice President under Ronald Reagan for two terms, from 1981 to 1989, and his eldest son George Jnr also attained the White House as the 43rd President.

"The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have care and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens".

Mr Bush served one term as president from 1989 to 1993.

He also saw his popularity swell with America's success in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, where U.S. forces liberated Kuwait from Iraqi control following an air and ground campaign. Bush was first elected to Congress in 1966, serving two terms, and went on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations, Republican national chairman through the worst of the Watergate scandal, envoy to China, CIA director and vice president. His son George Walker Bush was president from 2001 to 2009, making them only the second father and son to hold the office, after John Adams (1797-1801) and John Quincy Adams (1825-1829).

The university not only named its school of government after Bush, but the Bush Library and Museum is also housed on campus, which is a place the former president enjoyed visiting often.

On Twitter, US President Donald Trump paid tribute to his fellow Republican's "essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family and country".

At the time of his death, Bush was the American president to have lived the longest.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 pm on Friday night in the USA, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

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George Herbert Walker Bush, the Connecticut Yankee who came to Texas to be an oilman, died as the patriarch of a Republican political dynasty.

Bush was the last veteran of World War II to serve as USA president. In 2005 he joined forces with Bill Clinton to tour and raise funds for regions devastated by the Asian tsunami and, closer to home in Louisiana, Hurricane Katrina, forming a close friendship with his former adversary.

Bush was president of the US from 1989-1993 and brought a "dedication to traditional American values" and a determination to make the USA a "kinder and gentler nation", according to a White House biography.

"There is no higher honour than to serve free men and women, no greater privilege than to labour in government beneath the Great Seal of the United States and the American flag", he told senior staffers in 1989, days after he took office.

Bush had a pampered upbringing and attended the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, but delayed his acceptance to Yale in order to enlist in the US Navy on his 18th birthday and head off to war.

The 41st president of the United States was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital in April shortly after the funeral of his wife, Barbara.

Upon her death, a spokesman for George Sr said he was "broken-hearted to lose his beloved wife of 73 years".