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How George H.W. Bush redefined the vice presidency

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Posted on: 12/05/18
George H.W. Bush was America's 43rd vice president when he became its 41st president. Although he will likely be most remembered for his four years in the White House, Bush's two vice-presidential terms under Ronald Reagan were consequential. He contributed to the shaping of Reagan's presidential policies, advanced the development of the new White House vice presidency -- then in its early stages -- and laid the groundwork for his own election as president. Whereas 14 vice presidents have become president, only four sitting vice presidents did so initially by election -- John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, and Bush -- adding to Bush's unique historic stature.


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