HOUSTON -- Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital and went home yesterday after spending nearly two months being treated for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues, a family spokesman said.

Bush, 88, the nation's oldest living former president, was admitted to Methodist Hospital on Nov. 23. His stay included a week in intensive care last month.

"I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me," Bush said in a statement released by spokesman Jim McGrath.

Bush had been in the hospital about a month before his office disclosed in late December that he was in intensive care because physicians were having difficulty controlling a fever that developed after the cough improved. He was moved back to a regular hospital room Dec. 29 and he has been undergoing physical therapy to rebuild his strength.

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Bush and his wife, Barbara, live in Houston in the winter and spend summers in Kennebunkport, Maine. On Jan. 6, they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary, the longest-married presidential couple.

His form of Parkinson's disease forces him to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around. -- AP