06/12/2013 02:29 pm ET Updated Jun 12, 2013

George H.W. Bush Birthday: Looking Back At America's Most Popular 'President Bush' (SLIDESHOW)

Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 89th birthday on Wednesday.

His son, George W. Bush, can claim a few legacies that may not make the nation so proud, and polls suggest that the elder Bush is America's favorite Bush.

The 41st president isn't just known for his swanky socks. George H.W. Bush leaves behind several legacies in public service, including ushering through the Americans With Disabilities Act, a substantial step in ending discrimination against Americans with disabilities. Bush also signed the National Service Act, encouraging a bipartisan push for public service.

Bush was also among the most popular one-term presidents during his time in office, and made a mark by showing the nation the proper way to build an international coalition before engaging in military action in the Persian Gulf.

Happy Birthday, George H.W. Bush!

Look through the slideshow below to see all the ways the elder Bush has made his way into our hearts as the most popular Bush.

America's Most Popular Bush