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Today, the United States Postal Service honored the late president George H.W. Bush with his own postage stamp, the third Houstonian to receive the tribute.

Bush’s ties to Houston reach back to 1959, when he moved his family and young oil company there. In the newly-created 7th Congressional District of Texas, Bush represented conservative west Houston, and was the first republican from Houston to go to Congress. Following his two terms in the House of Representatives, George H. W. Bush filled appointed roles for republican presidents Nixon and Ford, and in 1980, joined Ronald Reagan as his running mate. In 1988, he won the presidency, and was always proud to show Houston to the world at events like the G7 Economic Summit and the 1992 Republican National Convention. Out of office, he and his wife Barbara Bush split their time between their residence in Tanglewood and the family home in Kennebunkport, Maine. In 1997, Houston Intercontinental Airport was renamed for him. The couple remained the most famous Houstonians throughout the rest of their lives. In 2018, Barbara Bush passed away, and months later George H.W. Bush followed her. After days of local and national observance, and services in Washington D.C. and Houston, the president was laid to rest near his wife and daughter at his presidential library in College Station.

See the previous Houstonians on stamps:

James Glassman