President George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died Friday evening at age 94, according to a statement from his office.
Family spokesman Jim McGrath told the Associated Press that Bush died shortly after 10 p.m., about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.
The nation's 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George W. became the 43rd president.
The elder Bush saw his popularity swell with the United States' success in the Gulf War in 1991, only to watch it evaporate in a brief but deep recession. The Republican was defeated in his bid for a second term by Democrat Bill Clinton.
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Bush had also been a World War II hero, Texas congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.
Only one other U.S. president, John Adams, had a son who also became president.
Governor John R. Kasich ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds throughout Ohio.
Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset for the next 30 days, in honor of Bush.
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