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George H.W. Bush Becomes First Former U.S. President to Turn 94

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Still breaking new ground, George H.W. Bush became the first former U.S. president to turn 94. Enjoying a relaxing birthday on Tuesday, June 12, the 41st president took it easy at his home in Texas, taking a few calls and spending time resting following his recent release from the hospital for low blood pressure.

According to spokesman Jim McGrath, Bush became the oldest American president months ago and has now become the first to celebrate a 94th birthday. Former president Jimmy Carter is close on his heels and will be celebrating his 94th on October 1. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) honored Bush’s birthday with the release of declassified material from his time as their director from January 1976 to January 1977. Among these items were a video regarding the path he took to become the director of the CIA and another centered around his farewell visit to the CIA employees in the last month of his presidency, January 1993.

The former president’s office shared a letter from the nonagenarian in which he noted, “My heart is full on the first day of my 95th year…As many of you know, for years I have said the three most important things in life are faith, family and friends. My faith has never been stronger.”