Former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush marked their 69th wedding anniversary on Monday. The couple were married on Jan. 6, 1945, in Rye, N.Y., when George H.W. Bush was home on leave from the Navy during World War II. Take a look back on the life and career of the nation's 41st president.
George H.W. Bush was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Mass., to senator and investment banker Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Here he's seen with sister, Nancy, at age 5 in 1929.
Bush at age 13 in 1937.
Bush at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., in 1940.
Bush served as a U.S. Navy pilot in World War II.
Bush was captain of the championship Yale baseball team. He finished college in two and a half years after his war service, majoring in economics.
George and Barbara Bush on their wedding day Jan. 6, 1945, in Rye, N.Y.
The Bushes and their children, George and Robin, at the rodeo grounds in Midland, Texas, in October 1950.
An oilman for a time, Bush examines equipment on an oil rig with an unidentified worker.
Congressmen Bush and Roger C. B. Morton of Maryland at a Ways and Means Committee hearing in February 1969.
Bush was named U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 1971. Here, he meets with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office.
Bush was named the director of the CIA in 1976.
In 1981, he was elected vice president and served under Republican Ronald Reagan for eight years.
Vice President Bush and wife Barbara in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Aug. 6, 1988.
Bush ran for president and won in 1989. Here, he and wife Barbara walk in the inaugural parade.
Bush and his vice president, Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle.
Bush launched the first Gulf War on Aug. 1, 1990. Here, he and Barbara walk in the Saudi Arabian desert with General Schwarzkopf and entourage.
An avid tennis fan, Bush hit the courts with Chris Evert at Camp David in 1990.
Bush participates in a picnic lunch with Jackson Hole service clubs in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in July 1992.
After his presidency, Bush largely stayed out of the limelight. Here, he's seen with one of his sons, then-Gov. George W. Bush and his wife Laura, at the George Bush Presidential Library Dedication in 1997.
In 2001, Bush's son, George W. Bush, became the 43rd president of the United States. Here, father and son sit in the Oval Office together shortly after the younger Bush took office.
Bush turned 80 in 2008. He celebrated with a parachute jump at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.
President Barack Obama speaks with Bush after awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Feb. 15, 2011.
Bush and former President Bill Clinton view the damage from Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas, in October 2008. The former presidents spearheaded an effort to raise relief funds for the devastated Texas Gulf Coast.
Bush speaks with astronaut twins Scott and Mark Kelly before the Houston Astros' season opener in Houston on April 8, 2011.