She was born to privilege as the daughter of a successful businessman from an old Yankee family and she married into still more privilege, to the son of a United States senator. But life held even greater triumphs — and a measure of tragedy — for Barbara Pierce, who dropped out of college to marry a dashing young Navy pilot named George H.W. Bush. In more than 70 years together, they moved dozens of times as her husband pursued his career as an oilman in California and Texas and she bore him six children.
One of them — the second, a girl known as Robin — died in 1953, at the age of 3. But George’s whirlwind political career would carry them both to the heights of power and success. In 1981, Barbara Bush became second lady of the United States, and eight years later, first lady. In 2000, when her firstborn son, George W., was elected president, she became the second woman in American history (the first was Abigail Adams) to be both the wife and mother of a president. And if the 2016 election had turned out differently for her son Jeb, she might have added another presidential branch to her family tree. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News)
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