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    Republican presidential candidate George Bush and his wife Barbara stand together on the podium during the finale of the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 18, 1988. The Associated Press

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    George Bush is shown at age 14 or 15 in 1939. Bush was born in 1924 in Milton, Mass., and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. He graduated from Phillips Academy at Andover, Mass., in 1942, and joined the United States Navy to fight in World War II.

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    George H.W. Bush at summer camp in this 1939 photo. The Associated Press

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    U.S. Navy aviator George H. W. Bush sits in the cockpit of an Avenger plane during his August 1942 to September 1945 stint in the US Navy in this undated handout photo. Reuters

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    Lt. Junior Grade George H. W. Bush is rescued from the sea by crew members of the USS Finback after his plane was shot down over Chichijima, Japan in this September 2, 1944 handout photo. Reuters

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    George Bush is shown with wife Barbara in 1945. The Associated Press

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    Babe Ruth, left, presents to Yale baseball captain George Bush the original manuscript of "The Babe Ruth Story" at Yale Field, New Haven, CT, June 5, 1948. Second from right is James T. Babb, Yale's head librarian who in turn received the manuscript from Bush to be placed in the University Library. At right is William C. Celentano, Mayor of New Haven. The Associated Press

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    George Bush, president of Zapata Off-Shore oil company, is shown in 1963. The Associated Press

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    George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, Saturday, June 6, 1964 as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Bush was leading his opponent Jack Cox in the run-off primary. Bush will face Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex) in the November general election if his lead holds and he is the winner. The Associated Press

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    George Bush of Houston, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, waves to backers who cheer him after he addressed the Republican State Convention in Austin, Texas, Sept. 15, 1964. Bush seeks the seat held by Sen. Ralph Yarborough. The Associated Press

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    Republican George Bush, left, has his hand raised in victory by newly elected Democrat Bob Eckhardt of the 8th Congressional District of Harris County. Bush, winner of the newly created 7th Congressional District of Harris County, won the election over Democrat Frank Briscoe, Eckhardt defeated W.D. Spayne of the Constitutional Party. The victory celebration took place in Bush's campaign headquarters late Tuesday night, Nov. 9, 1966. The Associated Press

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    Rep. George Bush (R-Texas), right, and President Richard Nixon chat during a visit by Bush to the White House on Jan. 12, 1970. Bush has been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for the Senate seat now held by Democrat Ralph W. Yarborough. The Associated Press

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    Rep. George H.W. Bush, R-Texas., who is seeking a seat in U.S. Senate, talks with a group of young people at a rally in Houston, Texas., on Oct. 9, 1970. Bush is opposed by Lloyd Bentsen, wealthy Houston businessman, who defeated Sen. Ralph Yarborough in the State Democratic Primary. The Associated Press

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    George Bush, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is shown at U.N. headquarters in New York in 1971. The Associated Press

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    Mrs. George Bush walking on New York's Park Avenue, April 13, 1971. The Associated Press

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    U.S. Ambassador George Bush gestures as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Oct. 18, 1971 during the China debate. He denied the U.S. formula was either a "Two Chinas" or a "One China and one Taiwan" plan. The Associated Press

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    George H.W. Bush , National Chairman of the Republican Party, takes to his speed boat for a ride at Kennebunkport, Maine on August 24, 1973 to outrun the pressures of Watergate and his party's political troubles. The Associated Press

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    George Bush, Republician National Committee Chairman, tells a news conference on July 25, 1974 in San Francisco, that he predicts President Nixon will not be impeached by the house of representatives. Bush appeared at the news conference to publicize a GOP reorganization drive. The Associated Press

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    George Bush is sworn in as new director of the Central Intelligence Agency by Supreme Court Associate Justice Potter Stewart, left, as Mrs Barbara Bush and President Gerald Ford, at right, look on at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., January 30, 1976. Bush succeeds William Colby who retired. The Associated Press

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    George Bush beams as some of his family members applaud at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, May 1, 1979 where he formally announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. From left are: John E., a son; Columba, a daughter-in-law; Marvin, a son; Dorothy, a daughter; Mrs. Barbara Bush, his wife; and Bush. The Associated Press

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    Former CIA director George Bush and his wife, Barbara, smile and shake hands with supporters as Bush left a Concord hotel ballroom after he spoke with supporters in Concord on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1980. Bush, who was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, received 22 percent of the vote, while rival Ronald Reagan received 52 percent. The Associated Press

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    Republican presidential contenders wave to the crowd at Central High School in Manchester, N.H., prior to the start of the presidential debate, Wednesday night, Feb. 21, 1980. From left are, Philip Crane, John Connally, John Anderson, Howard Baker, Robert Dole, Ronald Reagan and George Bush. The Associated Press

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    Republican vice presidential candidate George Bush reacts to applause from the assembled Republican delegates at the Republican National Convention at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., Thursday evening, July 17, 1980. Bush was selected by Ronald Reagan as his running mate on Wednesday. The Associated Press

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    President Ronalad Reagan gets a kiss from Mrs. Barbara Bush as the Vice President George H.W. Bush looks on at left on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Saturday, April 11, 1981. Partly shown behind Bush is Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr, who shoved Reagan into a limousine during an assassination attempt 12 days ago. The Associated Press

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    Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and his running mate George Bush are shown on the podium of Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, July 17, 1980 as the final curtain draws near on the 1980 Republican National Convention. Nancy Reagan stands left, Barbara Bush, right. The Associated Press

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    Vice President George Bush gives a "thumbs up" sign after visiting President Ronald Reagan in the hospital in Washington, April 2, 1981. With Bush is a Secret Service agent. President Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt on Monday. The Associated Press

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    Vice President George Bush and Chinese Vice Chairman Deng Xiaoping toast May 8, 1982 following morning talks that went a half hour longer than planned. The Associated Press

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    U.S. Vice President George Bush gestures as he talks , in Beirut, Oct. 26, 1983, during a visit to the site where over 200 U.S. Marines died by a terrorist bomb on Sunday. The Associated Press

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    President Reagan shares a laugh with first lady Nancy Reagan and Vice President and Mrs. George Bush at night on Wednesday, August 22, 1984 in Dallas after the Republican National Convention nominated him for a second term. The Associated Press

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    Vice-President George H. Bush, left, greets Democratic vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro before the beginning of their debate, Thursday, Oct. 11, 1984 in Philadelphia. The Associated Press

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    President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, right, share a moment with Vice President and Mrs. George Bush following the oaths in the Capitol Building in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 1985. The Associated Press

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    U.S. Vice-President George H. Bush talking to supporters, Oct. 2, 1984 in Cleveland. The Associated Press

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    Vice Pres. George H. W. Bush, right, holds his granddaughter Ellie LeBlond, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, while watching a Memorial Day parade during a rainstorm, Monday, May 30, 1988, Kennebunkport, Me. Bush has been at his vacation retreat home in the state since Thursday, where he has been holding strategy meetings and relaxing. The Associated Press

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    Vice President George Bush waves from the cockpit of a World War II B-17 bomber at a quick campaign stop at Boire Field in Nashua, N.H. on Wednesday, July 15,1987. Bush, a former Navy pilot who was shot down in Tokyo Bay, was at a Veterans ceremony honoring one of the last B-17 bombers. The Associated Press

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    Vice President George Bush and wife, Barbara, wave to supporters that turned out in Houston, Tex., to hear him announce he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, Oct. 12, 1987. The Associated Press

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    Republican presidential candidates pose before starting their debate in Goffstown, N.H., in this Feb. 14, 1988 file photo. From left are Vice President George Bush, Pat Robertson, Rep. Jack Kemp, Pierre "Pete" du Pont, and Senator Bob Dole. Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole met Wednesday night with Jack Kemp to discuss the possibility of naming the former housing secretary as his running mate, GOP sources said, Thursday, Aug. 8, 1996. The Associated Press

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    The new president of the U.S. George Bush and his wife Barbara wave to supporters in Houston, Texas Tuesday evening November 8, 1988 after winning the presidential elections. The Associated Press

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    President-elect George H. W. Bush holds his hands up to acknowledge the crowds applause, and ask them to allow him to continue his speech, during his victory rally with grandson, George P. Bush, right, and son George W. Bush, left, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1988, Houston, Texas. The Associated Press

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    U.S. President George H. Bush during the Republican convention, August 22, 1984 in Dallas, Texas. The Associated Press

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    George Herbert Walker Bush takes the oath of office as the 41st President of the United States administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist at the US Capital, Washington, DC in this January 20, 1989 handout photo. REUTERS/George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Handout . Reuters

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    Vice President George Bush and his choice for vice presidential running mate, Sen. Dan Quayle of Indiana, appear at a rally in New Orleans on August 16, 1988. The Associated Press

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    Former President Ronald Reagan, left, his wife Nancy Reagan, new first lady Barbara Bush and her husband President George Bush, right, walk down the Capitol steps after the inaugural ceremony in Washington, D.C., Friday, Jan. 20, 1989. President Bush was sworn in as the nation's 41st president. The Reagans are heading to an awaiting helicopter to take them to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and onto California. The Associated Press

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    U.S. President George H. Bush, with his wife Barbara by his side, and former President Reagan, on the steps of the helicopter, salute each other outside the Capitol, Friday, Jan. 2, 1989 in Washington, following Bush's inauguration. Reagan left Washington en route to his California home. The Associated Press

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    U.S. President George H.W. Bush laughs while attending the annual White House Correspondents Association Awards dinner in Washington, May 21, 1988. The Associated Press

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    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (L) and U.S. President George H.W. Bush talk during a meeting in the White House Oval Office in Washington D.C. in this October 20, 1989 file photo. Reuters

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    President George H.W. Bush meets with his military advisors at the Pentagon to duscuss the Gulf crisis August 15, 1990. From left are: General Norman Schwarzkopf, chief of Middle East forces, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, Bush and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell. Reuters

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    President George Bush addresses reporters at the White House, October 23, on the release of documents by Hanoi on Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Bush, with Senator John McCain (L) and Senator John Kerry, said the information will allow the United States to "begin writing the last chapter of the Vietnam War. Reuters

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    S President George Bush toasts Russian President Boris yeltsin in Moscow January 3 after signing a historic START-2 treaty. Reuters

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    President George Bush looks back over the top of the train he is travelling on at supporters in a building during a campaign stop here Oct. 31. Reuters

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    US President George Bush shakes hands with President-elect Clinton, during a photo opportunity at the White House Rose garden,November 18. Clinton visited President Bush for a chat about their power transition. Reuters

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    Former President George Bush proudly displays one of the many fish caught aboard his boat Fidelity II Saturday afternoon, September 13, 1998. David A. Rodgers/Staff Photographer

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    Former President George Bush throttles up an inflatable hull boat as he takes two of his grandchildern for a ride near his Walker's Point summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine on Sunday June 13, 1999. His son, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, is visiting his parents before beginning a two day exploratory campaign swing in New Hampshire Monday. A member of Bush's security detail stands at left. The Associated Press

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    .S. President George W. Bush sits at his desk in the Oval Office for the first time on Inaugural Day, in this January 20, 2001 file photo, as his father, former President George H.W. Bush looks on. The photo was released by the White House to mark President Bush's 100 days in office. Reuters

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    Former President George H.W. Bush walks the gangway as he arrives for the christening ceremony of the USS George H.W. Bush at Northrop-Grumman's shipyard in Newport News, Virginia in this October 7, 2006 file photo. The Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is scheduled to enter service in late 2008. Reuters

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    Former Presidents Bill Clinton, left, and George H. W. Bush smile at each other on the podium at the Tulane University Commencement in New Orleans on Saturday May 13, 2006.

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    Former President George H. W. Bush, wife Barbara Bush, and granddaughter Lauren Bush enjoy festivities at Walker's Point Wednesday, September 30, 2009, during ceremony where residents of Kennebunkport dedicated an anchor and plaque at the Walker's Point overlook commemorating his living there. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer:

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    Former President George W. Bush, right, talks with his father, former President George H.W. Bush during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. The Associated Press

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    Former President George H.W. Bush, center, and former first lady Barbara Bush, left, show off their tri-corner hats that they received as a gift from the cast of AMC's new series TURN during a private screening on Saturday, March, 29, 2014 in Houston, Texas. The Associated Press

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    Former President George H. W. Bush, left, shakes hands with Vice President and Secretary of Harvard University Marc Goodheart, right, as Bush is awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Harvard commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. The Associated Press

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    Barbara Bush is presented with an assortment of Keds sneakers during a dedication ceremony for a garden in her honor in Kennebunkport on Thursday, September 29, 2011. Years ago, after telling her husband George that it was hard to find Keds sneakers in stores, he wrote the president of Keds and asked him to send them every style they had. He presented all 24 of them to Barbara for her birthday. For Thursday's ceremony, organizers once again contacted the sneaker maker and had some sent to present to Mrs. Bush. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer:

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    Barbara Bush reads a book titled Muddypaws to children at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. In her lap is her dog Mini-Me. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Former President George H. W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday with a tandem skydive, landing on the lawn of St. Anne's church in Kennebunkport on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

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    Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush sits on the sidelines before the start of an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Houston. The Associated Press

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