Way Back When... 1946
Published 12:00 am, Sunday, February 18, 2018
Only one U.S. president is a Connecticut native: George W. Bush.
The 43rd president of the was born in New Haven on July 6, 1946.
It took more than 200 years since the country’s founding (213 since Connecticut was officially founded), but on Jan. 20, 2001 Connecticut had its first native son sworn in as the chief executive of the United States.
Now, Bush split for the Great State of Texas just two years after his birth and little can be found on the record of him talking about Connecticut.
Bush was born here while his father was attending Yale after delaying college to serve in World War II as a Navy pilot.
According to a New York Times story printed on Dec. 24, 2000, Bush’s campaign website when running for president simply stated he ‘’was born on July 6, 1946, and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas.’’
According to Albert Van Dusen’s history, ‘’Connecticut,’’ in 1831 a third of the members of the United States Senate and a fourth of the House of Representatives had been born in Connecticut but elected to elsewhere.
In 2000 when Bush was elected President Connecticut supported Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary and in the general election the state voted overwhelmingly for Al Gore who had Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman as his running mate.
Monday, Feb. 19 is Presidents’ Day nationwide, Bush his father and all 45 United States Presidents will be celebrated ... with a day off school.