Rest in peace, Mr. President.
"George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for".
Mr Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, had six children and were married for 73 years - the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history.
Eight years later, though, he was able to watch his son, George W. Bush, become the 43rd president of the United States.
Despite achieving popularity ratings of 90%, Bush was accused of neglecting domestic affairs and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1992 election.
Most tributes were careful to avoid the temptation of drawing a contrast between Bush and Trump.
"Vice President of the United States".
Clinton adds that Bush never stopped serving even after leaving office, working on tsunami relief in Asia and within the USA after Hurricane Katrina.
Jimmy Carter was born a few months later, so he could quickly reset the record.
The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama said that "America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush".
He said: "While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude".
American politicians on both sides of the aisle early Saturday mourned the death of former president George H.W. Bush and praised his lifetime of service and his legacy.
He joined the Navy at age 18 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, served as a member of the House of Representatives from Texas, was ambassador to the United Nations and later the senior American envoy to China at a time when there was no US ambassador in Beijing, and he served nearly a year as Central Intelligence Agency director.
He had spent every summer in the seaside town since childhood, except during World War II while he was a naval aviator. "He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years; his second child Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or "Bucky" Bush".
He surprised many with his success, and by 1958 had settled in Houston as president of an offshore drilling company. Bush had ridiculed Reagan's tax cut plan as "voodoo economics", but when Reagan failed to lure Gerald Ford as his running mate, he turned to Bush.
It wasn't an easy job: when LIFE Magazine caught up with him, it was at the tense moment that the United Nations made a decision to admit "Red China" as a member in place of the Nationalist government based in Taipei. But Bush soon became an aggressor, flailing Dukakis as an out-of-touch liberal. Blue-blooded and genteel, he was elected in one of the nastiest campaigns in recent history.
And Mr Clinton noted that Mr Bush never stopped serving even after leaving office, working on tsunami relief in Asia and within the USA after Hurricane Katrina.
"As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed", the Trumps said. The troops seized dictator Manuel Noriega and brought him back to the United States in chains to stand trial on drug-trafficking charges.
However, once in office, he reneged on that promise and raised several taxes in an attempt to reduce the national budget deficit in a compromise deal with Congressional Democrats. In 2005 he joined forces with Bill Clinton to tour and raise funds for regions devastated by the Asian tsunami and, closer to home in Louisiana, Hurricane Katrina, forming a close friendship with his former adversary.
He joined Clinton to raise funds for victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2010 Haiti natural disaster.
Below, see how Bush's family, friends and colleagues reacted to former President George H.W. Bush's death.