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Laura Bush

Laura was born in Midland, Texas on November 4, 1946.
Before she got married she was an elementary school teacher. She has a college degree in library science.

She and George Bush went to the same Junior High.

She was and all "A" student in high school.

They weren't acquainted even though they only live 10 blocks from each other.

In her senior year of high school she was driving a car that hit another car. The driver of the other car was killed instantly.

They met at a backyard cookout when they were 31. Laura said if there was "love at first site this was it."

She married George W. Bush on November 5, 1977. It was a small wedding compared to some Bush wedding. There were no bridesmaids or groomsmen. Seventy-five relatives and friends attended.

George said it was a good marriage because he liked to talk and she liked to listen.

She quit teaching when her twin daughters ( Barbara and Jenna) were born. George and Laura were the first presidential family to have twins. The girls are named after their grandmother.

Laura started the annual Texas Book Festival to benefit the state's libraries. She is also involved in educational issues.

She later launch the "National Book Festival." It is a three day festival that takes place at the Mall in Washington D.C. You can learn more about the Festival at:




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Sources of Information:

Barden, Cindy,Meet the First Ladies, Lorenz Corp.
Gormley, Beatrice,First Ladies: Women Who Called The White House Home (First Ladies) , Scholastic Paperbacks, 1997
Smith, Carter, Editor,Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies DK Publishing, New York, 2002

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