George H.W. Bush now longest-living president in U.S. history

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George H.W. Bush is now the longest-living president in U.S. history, Time magazine reported.

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The 41st president, who is 93 years, 167 days old as of Sunday, surpassed President Gerald R. Ford to take the longevity title. Ford died Dec. 26, 2006, at 93 years, 165 days.

The fact was first reported Saturday on Twitter by Gabe Fleisher, a high school student who writes a newsletter "Wake Up To Politics."

As Fleisher noted in his tweet, President Jimmy Carter also could pass Ford on the list. The 39th president is 93 years, 56 days old as of Sunday.

Ford passed President Ronald Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004, at 93 years, 120 days. Reagan had broken the long-standing record set by John Adams, the nation’s second president, who died on July 4, 1826, at 90 years, 247 days.

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