After serving in the National People's Congress and holding office as Secretary-General of the Chinese Central Military Commission, this Communist leader became fourth President of the People's Republic of China.
He was involved in both the Chinese Civil War and the Second Sino-Japanese War.
He ended his presidency in 1993 and was succeeded by Jiang Zemin.
Shortly after becoming a member of the Communist Youth League, he attended both Shanghai University and the Moscow Sun Yat-sen University.
His marriage to Li Bozhao resulted in children named Yang Shaoming, Yang Shaojun, and Yang Li.