A plane carrying the body of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush touched down in Houston on Wednesday following a state funeral in Washington where he was remembered as a statesman of uncommon personal kindness.
He occupied the White House from 1989 to 1993, navigating the collapse of the Soviet Union and expelling former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's forces from oil-rich Kuwait.
"George H.W. Bush was America's last great soldier-statesman," Jon Meacham, a presidential biographer, said in a eulogy at the service in Washington. "He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism. He stood in the breach in Washington against unthinking partisanship."
(With inputs from agencies.)