If you should have to correspond with a past president in writing, the following forms of address should be used:
Addressing an envelope:
The Honorable George W. Bush
The Honorable George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush
A letter greeting:
Dear Mr. Clinton
I believe this is incorrect. It is also proper and appropriate when directly addressing a former president to address them as “president.” When referring to a past president in third person, then the word “former” is always used.
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I believe you are incorrect! There is only one President of the United States and that is valid only when in office. The correct salutation is
“Mr” Bush or “Governor” Bush depending on the last office held prior to the Presidency. “Dear Mr. Bush”
is appropriate. he can be presented as the 43nd President of the United States or the former President.
Malwolf you are completely incorrect. A former President is always and forever referred to as “President” though it is not written into law. David in Ohio is correct.