The 43rd president of the United States who narrowly defeated Al Gore in the 2000 election and handily overcame John Kerry in 2004.
He was an oil businessman, a baseball player and head cheerleader at his boarding school; he received a DUI as a young man, a fact that would come back to haunt him during the 2000 presidential campaign.
His approval ratings after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were among the highest of any president in history; conversely, his approval ratings following the 2008 financial crisis were among the lowest of any president.
He and his father, the 41st president of the United States George H.W. Bush, were the second father and son to achieve the presidency in American history; the first were John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
He was an avid reader who plowed through 186 books during the final three years of his second term; he also read 14 biographies of Abraham Lincoln while he was president.