Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush (née Pierce; June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018) was the wife of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. She was the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd President, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd Governor of Florida. When Barbara Bush was First Lady of the United States, she worked to advance the cause of universal literacy and founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Mrs. Bush and her husband moved to Houston in 1958. Since then, she served as an active member of the Houston community through her extensive volunteering and philanthropy efforts.
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 Photograph from the Kaye Marvins Photographs (unprocessed) in HMRC


In the words of Mike Marvins:

A salute to a great lady. I made this portrait shortly after the Bushs' returned to Houston.
The only chair we could use was big and very heavy and two Secret Service guys were about
to pick it up and move it across the room. Mrs. Bush scolded them both, reminding them of their
back problems. She said, "Mike, let's do this ourselves. And, we did."

George H. W. and Barbara Bush “at Bush Headquarters, 4016 Richmond” around the time
of his election to the Texas House of Representatives. November 8, 1966.


Barbara Bush seated in the Houston Oaks Club, Oak Wedgwood room. May 4, 1976.

Barbara Bush, family members and security detail at the Houston Executive Air Terminal preparing to leave for Washington, D. C. Jan 4, 1981.

Barbara Bush, wife of Vice President Candidate, George H. W. Bush. Jan 13, 1983.

Barbara Bush, speaking in support of her favorite cause, literacy advocacy. Jan 13, 1983.

Barbara Bush deplaning from Air Force One after arriving in Houston. August 24, 1988.

Barbara Bush during a 1988 campaign trail visit to Fayetteville, Arkansas. September 27, 1988.


Select items featuring Barbara Bush from the Houston Post Collection have been digitized and are available online



Images from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center:

MSS 0483 HMRC, Kaye Marvins Photographs (unprocessed)