5 Things You Didn't Know About George Walker Bush

On July 6, 1946, George Walker Bush, the son of future President George Herbert Walker Bush, was born in New Haven, Connecticut.  Here are 5 things you didn’t know about George W. Bush, known affectionately by many people as Dubya.


George W. Bush is Cousins With Hugh Hefner It turns out our 43rd president and the founder of Playboy are distant cousins. More specifically, they’re ninth cousins twice removed, sharing the same pair of great-grandparents. Another cousin shared by the two is former presidential candidate John Kerry.

He Was a Cheerleader in School Bush attended high school at Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, where he played baseball and was the head cheerleader during his senior year. He attended Yale University from 1964 to 1968, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. During this time, he was a cheerleader and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon, serving as the president of the fraternity during his senior year. Other politicians who were cheerleaders in school were Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mitt Romney, Ronald Reagan, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.


He Was Arrested You might know that Bush was arrested, but did you know he was arrested three times?  He was arrested the first time in 1966 when he and some friends liberated a Christmas wreath from the door of a hotel. The second time was in 1967 at a Princeton/Yale football game when he and some rowdy friends tried to tear down the goalposts in a post-game celebration, and the third time was in 1976 when he was arrested for drunk driving in Kennebunkport.

He Is the Only U.S. President With an MBA Though you might not think of Bush as a brainiac, he is actually the only president in the history of the United States to have his Master’s of Business Administration. He first received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968, and continued his education at Harvard Business School, where he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in 1975.

He Owned a Baseball Team In April 1989, Texas Rangers owner and oil tycoon Eddie Chiles, sold the team to an investment group headed by George W. Bush for $89 million. While his own equity in the team was a small one ($500,000), Bush was named Managing General Partner of the new ownership group. Bush left his position with the Rangers when he was elected Governor of Texas in 1994, and he sold his stake in the team in 1998. Bush went on to be elected President of the United States two years later.