Yet although he lost his first attempt to reach the U.S. Senate in 1964, George H. W. was eventually elected to the 7th congressional district in Texas in the House of Representatives two years later. And in 1971 the then-president, Richard Nixon, selected him as a U.N. ambassador. He later also landed the positions of Republican National Committee chairman, chief of the Liaison Office in China and Central Intelligence director.
Despite this, though, George H. W.’s first presidential attempt, in 1980, ended in a Republican primary defeat to Ronald Reagan. He did, however, spend the following eight years as vice president and, in 1988, finally became the incumbent POTUS. His reign at the top was then largely defined by his foreign policies. These included George H. W. authorizing military action in the Persian Gulf as well as witnessing the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In the 1992 election, though, George H. W. lost out on a second term to Bill Clinton. But the Bush family didn’t have to wait long to rise to power again. Just eight years later, in fact, George W. Bush – Prescott’s grandson and George H. W.’s son – took on the role of commander in chief. This meant that the Georges became the first father-and-son presidents since John Adams and John Quincy Adams in the early 19th century.