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Former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died Friday at 94. A Navy pilot who was shot down in the Pacific in 1944, Bush was the last soldier who served in World War II to find his way into the White House.

His wife Barbara Bush died in April. Bush met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, their Malta talks viewed as an important stepping stone toward the two leaders signing the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

On August 2, 1990, Bush faced what was arguably his greatest test. Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein, invaded Kuwait after accusing it of stealing oil and conspiring to influence oil prices.

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors.

In the 1960s, Bush, now independently wealthy, turned to politics.

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.

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".

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The Republican politician also served as a congressman, ambassador and director of Central Intelligence.

He was also chosen to serve as vice president to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 until 1989.

Despite achieving popularity ratings of 90%, Bush was accused of neglecting domestic affairs and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1992 election.

Following his presidency, the Bushes relocated to Houston, Texas, where they settled down and became active in the community.

On several occasions this year, he had to be hospitalised.

President Bush's death comes months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

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