38 Facts About Barbara Pierce


Barbara Pierce previously was Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989 when her husband was vice president.

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Barbara Pierce met George Herbert Walker Bush at the age of sixteen, and the two married in Rye, New York in 1945, while he was on leave during his deployment as a Naval officer in World War II.

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Barbara Pierce was born on June 8,1925, at Booth Memorial Hospital, which at that time was located at 314 East 15th Street in Manhattan, New York City, to Pauline Pierce and Marvin Pierce.

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Barbara Pierce had two elder siblings, Martha and James, and a younger brother, Scott.

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Barbara Pierce was a fourth cousin, four times removed, of Franklin Pierce and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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Barbara Pierce attended Milton Public School from 1931 to 1937, Rye Country Day School until 1940 and later the boarding school Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1940 to 1943.

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Barbara Pierce named three of his planes after her: Barbara, Barbara II, and Barbara III.

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Barbara Pierce raised her children while her husband was usually away on business.

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Barbara Pierce raised her children while her husband campaigned and occasionally joined him on the trail.

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Barbara Pierce enjoyed the time that she spent in China and often rode bicycles with her husband to explore cities and regions that few Americans had visited.

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Barbara Pierce was not allowed to share classified aspects of his job with Barbara; the ensuing sense of isolation, coupled with her perception that she was not achieving her goals while other women of her time were, plunged her into a depression.

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Barbara Pierce Bush defended her husband's experience and personal qualities when he announced his candidacy for President of the United States in 1980.

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Barbara Pierce caused a stir when she said that she supported ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and was pro-choice on abortion, placing her at odds with the conservative wing of the Republican party, led by California governor Ronald Reagan.

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Barbara Pierce spent much time researching and learning about the factors that contributed to illiteracy—she believed homelessness was connected—and the efforts underway to combat both.

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Barbara Pierce traveled around the country and the world, either with the vice president on official trips or by herself.

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Barbara Pierce donated all of the book's proceeds to literacy charities.

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Barbara Pierce became famous for expressing a sense of humor and self-deprecating wit.

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Barbara Pierce promised voters that she would be a traditional first lady and campaigned actively for her husband.

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Barbara Pierce generally avoided discussion of political issues during the campaign, particularly those on which she and her husband differed, and those closely involved with the campaign have reported that she was actively involved in campaign strategy.

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Barbara Pierce became involved with many literacy organizations, served on literacy committees and chaired many reading organizations.

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Barbara Pierce continued to be dedicated to eliminating the generational cycle of illiteracy in America by supporting programs where parents and their young children are able to learn together.

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Barbara Pierce was active in the White House Historical Association and worked to revitalize the White House Preservation Fund, which she renamed the White House Endowment Trust.

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Barbara Pierce met her goal of raising $25 million towards the endowment.

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Barbara Pierce even included Millie in her official White House portrait, painted by Candace Whittemore Lovely.

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Barbara Pierce was struck every day by "how much things had changed" for her and her husband since they became president and first lady.

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Barbara Pierce was put-off by the fact that her flights would be delayed while agents checked out the planes and luggage.

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Barbara Pierce was a member of the Junior League of Houston.

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Barbara Pierce had difficulty driving a car on her own, and she did not drive far from home for a long time; her husband warned people to get out of the way if they saw her car.

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Barbara Pierce was convinced that he could not defeat Ann Richards, but he went on to win the election.

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Barbara Pierce refused to watch any of the debates, in contrast to her husband, who was willing to listen and watch every debate.

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In 2006, it was revealed that Barbara Pierce Bush donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Bush–Clinton Katrina Fund on the condition that the charity do business with an educational software company owned by her son Neil Bush.

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Barbara Pierce indicated that she had tired of Trump over the course of the campaign and due to her gender, she was "not crazy about what he says about women".

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Barbara Pierce underwent aortic valve replacement surgery in March 2009.

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Barbara Pierce will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family.

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Barbara Pierce's funeral was held at St Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston on April 21,2018, with burial at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

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Barbara Pierce's husband was hospitalized the day after with an infection that led to sepsis.

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Barbara Pierce's husband survived her by seven months, dying on November 30,2018.

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Barbara Pierce became a member in 1985 and continued her membership until her death.

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