George H. W. Bush

Early Career

What did he do after graduating from Yale?

He decided to strike out on his own and enter the oil business in Texas. He first landed a job with Dresser Industries, as the president of the company was a family friend. A couple years later, he left Dresser to form his own company—the Bush-Overby Oil Development Company in Midland, Texas. Bush and John Overby then merged their company with Bill and Hugh Liedtke to form Zapata Petroleum Corporation. Bush became a wealthy man in the oil business. He gradually developed more and more of an itch to enter politics.


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