George HW Bush becomes longest-living president in US history

Former president was born on June 12, 1924, making him 93 years and 167 days old

News Desk November 26, 2017
Former President George HW Bush PHOTO: REUTERS

George HW Bush became the longest-living president in US history on Saturday when he turned 93 years and 166 days old.

The former president beat the previous record held by ex-president Gerald Ford, who died in 2006, reports

Ford's record was 93 years and 165 days old.

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Bush, who turned 93 on June 12, celebrated his birthday with his wife, Barbara and family, at what is known as the Bush compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

In very recent years the former commander-in-chief bravely decided to celebrate his 90th birthday with skydiving.

While both George and Barbara, 92, are enjoying their longevity, they have faced some health issues recently.

Bush skipped President Donald Trump's inauguration due to his poor health.

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He was admitted to an intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital where he was treated for pneumonia two days before the event.

His wife Barbara was admitted at the same time to the same hospital for bronchitis.

Both were discharged from the hospital in time to perform the coin toss at the Super Bowl, which was held in Houston on February 5.

In April, Bush suffered from chronic bronchitis and was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital again after a persistent cough.

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The 41st president of the US was treated for a 'mild case' of pneumonia for the second time this year.

Jimmy Carter is the second-oldest living president who was born on October 1, 1924.

Bush served his term in the Oval Office between 1989 and 1993.

He succeeded Ronald Reagan as the 41st president of the US when he was 64 years old.


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