Laura Bush, born November 4, 1946, is one of the most beloved former first ladies of the U.S. She has earned her people’s love right from her days as the First Lady of Texas and has only gone to increase and cement the love when her husband, former President George W. Bush, became president. Mrs. Bush has been known for many things, one of which is her love for quality education and good healthcare. She has repeatedly shown her commitment to those two areas while in office and even until now. Those two acts of dedication to humanity have endeared her to the public and we are ecstatic about her birthday.
Laura Lane Welch Bush was born in Midland, Texas, on November 4, 1946. She is the only daughter of a successful real estate developer and a bookkeeping mother. From a tender age, Bush was encouraged by her parents to read, an act that led to her immense love of reading and education. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1964 and proceeded to the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she bagged a B.S. in Education in 1968. A few years later, she obtained a Master’s degree in Library Science.
Bush’s career started as an elementary school teacher. She taught for about five years before leaving the job to pursue further education. With her Master’s degree in Laboratory Science, she began working as a librarian at a branch of Houston Public Library. Her jobs, both as a teacher and librarian, made her reaffirm the importance of reading both in school and in life. In 1977, she met her future husband, George W. Bush, at a barbecue party at his house. During their marriage, the couple welcomed two children — twin daughters; Barbara and Jenna, in 1981.
Bush became the first lady of Texas in 1995, and began to engage in public causes, particularly in the area of education. She successfully implemented four major initiatives — Take Time For Kids, Reach Out and Read, Ready to Read, and Family Literacy. She has engaged in various fundraising activities for public and school libraries. When she became the First Lady of the U.S., Bush shifted her focus to healthcare, creating and engaging in a lot of health initiatives, not only in America but in many other countries around the world. She has shown her commitment to giving support to Afghan female refugees and strives to assist them in any way she can.
She meets and later gets married to George Bush — the future governor and president.
Bush raises money for public libraries through the Texas Book Festival.
She launches the annual National Book Festival in collaboration with the Library of Congress.
Bush creates The Heart Truth, a campaign to raise awareness of heart diseases in women.
She founds Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health.
She publishes “We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope,” which speaks on oppressed Afghan women.
Why We Love Laura Bush
She is a philanthropist
With her many initiatives for better health and a safer world, Bush dedicates most of her life to serving the less privileged and to improving their well-being. These initiatives especially focus on health and education.
She promotes a reading culture
Bush has put her years of experience in the library and book writing to honorable use by encouraging a reading culture. Her libraries and works are amassed for people's perusal.
She is empathetic
One of the great things Bush did was to accommodate and provide education for Afghan refugees who have been affected by the war in their country. She has been seen mingling with them and we love that act of selflessness about her.
5 Surprising Facts
She's a globetrotter
Bush has traveled to about 77 countries within the eight years she and her husband occupied the White House.
A very popular first lady
She remains one of the most popular First Ladies in the U.S.
Inspired by her teacher
Bush revealed that her second-grade teacher, Charlene Gnagy, inspired her interest in education.
Her earliest favorite books
She enjoyed reading 'Little House on the Prairie' and 'Little Women' while she was young.
She’s a positive influence
Her husband disclosed that he stopped drinking because of her.
Laura Bush FAQs
What is Laura Bush's ethnicity?
Bush has French, English, and Swiss ancestries.
Where was Laura Bush born and raised?
Bush was born at the Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. She was also raised there and had her early education there.
When did Laura Bush get married?
Bush got married to George W. Bush in November 1977.
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