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Information On Barbara Bush

Updated on August 18, 2010
The entire Bush Family in the 1960's  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
The entire Bush Family in the 1960's Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Barbara Bush  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Barbara Bush Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Second and First Lady Barbara Bush was born in 1925 in Flushing Queens, New York as the child to Pauline and Marvin Peirce. Her father became the publisher of Redbook and McCall’s. She had three siblings. Barbara attended day school then boarding school. Barbara Bush can trace her lineage as a direct descendant to Thomas Pierce who was an ancestor to James Pierce (her great- great grandfather) who was fourth cousin to Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States.

When meeting George Bush at a Christmas dance the second world war was underway in Europe and the two were engaged a year and half after they met. George Bush served in the Navy during and following World War 2 and they moved a total of twenty-nine times during their marriage.

While her husband was developing his career, Mrs. Bush remained busy with six children she and Mr. Bush had together. However, Barbara Bush had a daughter, Pauline (Robin) who died at aged four of leukemia. It is reported this is when Mrs. Bush’ hair turned the pure white color it is today. Only two of the four boys followed their father into the political arena as careers. When her husband began his oil business, named the Zapata Corporation in Odessa Texas Mrs. Bush continued to remain at home raising her children. However, once George Bush began his political career as vice president Mrs. Bush was a superior leader in Children’s Literacy Program, which she started and continues to advocate today. Children’s Literacy was her supporting role as both second and first lady during her White House Years. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to support this and appeared regularly on a radio show, “Mrs. Bush’s Story time” which emphasize reading aloud to children.


Both Mr. and Mrs. Bush were diagnosed with Graves’s disease within two years of each other, a rare thyroid condition. This lead to testing of the water at the vice president house in Maine, Camp avid, their Texas home and the White house for iodine and lithium, both known to cause Graves disease. This was done due to the rareness of two unrelated persons in the same household being diagnosed with this disease. Mrs. Bush suffered from ulcers and underwent surgery in2008, from which she recovered without incident.


 Mrs. Bush has not been with controversy. Some of her comments have been construed as being less than the gracious lady she portrays Barbara Bush remains gracious and soft spoken though not without showing a mind of her own.. One remark concerned Geraldine Ferraro. Another comment was aimed at refugees from the Hurricane Katrina who intended to remain in Texas. One contribution she made to the Katrina fund was marked with controversy as it had stipulations the money was to be used by a software fund owned by her son, Neil Bush.




Barbara Bush continues to be active in the cause of Universal Literacy and is supportive of her husband and children. She has written a children’s book about her favourite dog, an English springer spaniel named Mille and the litter of puppies. This book earned her the first award of a first lady, that of the Henry G Freeman Pin Money Award and she donated most of this money to charity.

She continues to support her husband and her children s well as her nation through her support, charity and love. She remains one of the most gracious first ladies of the twentieth century. She continues to serve on the board of the Mayo Clinic as well as the literacy council. She has been called “everyone’s grandmother because of her charming ways and openness with everyone she meets.


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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      I love it too :) than you Naomi and love you


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      Naomi's Banner 6 years ago from United States

      Nice story about an extraordinary woman.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      thank you Martie!! that 100% man I wish I couldhold it up there all the time!!it was fun to do and I like her too...

      no you dont want to know it bayoulady...she was/shall we say...less than gracious bless her heart? and be done with it? but much love to you both!! barbara b

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Barbara was ,overall, a first lady of whom to be proud . However,as I hail from Louisiana, I would like to know more about her remarks about the Katrina victims.

      Good job!

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      I love biographies! Barbara Bush is surely a great rolmodel. Congratulations with your 100% hubber score.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      thank you bpop and jasper420 I like B Bush as to you barbara b

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      jasper420 7 years ago

      intersting topic well done

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Great article. I always liked Barbara Bush and still do!