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George H.W. Bush met Sen. Orrin Hatch when he came to Utah

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Editor's note: With the election season winding down and a new president about to take office, the Deseret News has decided to review the presidents who have visited Utah and explain what they did while they were on their trip through the Beehive State.

Like Ronald Reagan before him, George H. W. Bush met with LDS Church Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson back in September 1991.

It was during that visit that Bush spoke at a rally at the Salt Lake International Airport and visited Primary Children’s Hospital.

Bush returned in 1992 to speak at Brigham Young University and at Red Butte Garden. In September of that year, he came back to speak at a National Guard Meeting, according to KSL.

Here are some photos of Bush during his visits to Utah, including the times he met with Sen. Orrin Hatch and held a baby.

President George H. W. Bush is shown during a visit to Utah. (Deseret News Archives)

President George H. W. Bush lifts up a baby during a visit to Utah. (Deseret News Archives)

President George H.W. Bush (left) and Utah's Gov. Norm Bangerter meet. (Deseret News Archives)

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, takes the oath of office of the U.S. Senate from then-Vice President George Bush in old Senate Chambers on Monday, Jan. 3, 1983 at Capitol Hill. (Deseret News Archives)

President George H. W. Bush meets with LDS leaders President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Thomas S. Monson, September 19, 1991. (Deseret News Archives)

Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.