Childhood and Education
George W. Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut. He was the oldest of six children born to George H. W. Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush. Bush grew up in Texas from the age of two. His family was quite prestigious and wealthy and had a tradition of politics. His grandfather, Prescott Bush, had been a U.S. senator from Connecticut and his father served as the nation's forty-first president. Bush's brother John Ellis “Jeb” Bush is also involved in politics and served as governor of Florida from 1999 until 2007.
Bush attended Phillips Academy in Massachusetts and then went on to Yale University. An average student, he graduated with a degree in history in 1968. After serving in the National Guard, he went to Harvard Business School and earned his MBA in 1975.