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Lady Bird Johnson Dies
I'm guessing that most of the BW folks are too young to remember her and that many will never have even heard of her.
Good to live to a ripe old age unless you're plagued by health problems, though.
Lady Bird Johnson dead at 94
AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Lady Bird Johnson, who became first lady during one of the darkest days in U.S. history, died Wednesday, family spokesman Tom Johnson said. She was 94.
She was the widow of Lyndon Baines Johnson, sworn in as the nation's 36th president on November 22, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
The former first lady was born Claudia Alta Taylor in 1912 in Karnack, Texas, a small town near the Louisiana line. She got her unusual nickname while still a toddler from her nurse, who proclaimed the child was as "purty as a lady bird."
Lady Bird attended St. Mary's Episcopal School for Girls, a junior college near Dallas and then transferred to the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1933, then stayed at extra year to earn a journalism degree.
She hoped to become a newspaper reporter, but those plans changed after she met a 26-year-old congressional aide named Lyndon Baines Johnson.
They married in 1934 after a whirlwind courtship and soon moved to Washington.
Early on, Lady Bird Johnson proved herself to be the quintessential political wife. In 1937 she used part of an inheritance to fund her husband's first bid for public office and campaigned with him to win a congressional seat.
She used more of her mother's money and her Lyndon Johnson's connections to purchase a faltering Austin radio station in 1942 for $17,500. She turned it around and later used the station as a base for a multimillion-dollar communications company based in Austin.
After three failed pregnancies, she gave birth to the Johnsons' first daughter, Lynda Bird, in 1944, followed by Luci Baines three years later.
Lyndon Johnson rose quickly in politics, becoming the youngest Senate majority leader.
In 1960, Johnson set his sights on the presidency but lost the Democratic nomination to Kennedy. A day later, he agreed to become Kennedy's running mate.
Lady Bird Johnson traveled more than 35,000 miles during that campaign.
After one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, Johnson was sworn in as vice president on January 20, 1961.
With Kennedy's assassination, Johnson became the 36th president.
In the landslide election of 1964, Lyndon Johnson won victories in the Northeast, West and Southwest. Of the eight Southern states that many had expected to vote for Republican Barry Goldwater, six went for LBJ -- in part, it was said, because of the first lady's efforts.
During her husband's one term as president, Lady Bird Johnson worked tirelessly for the beautification of America, promoting the Highway Beautification Act, which sought to limit billboards. She was also a strong advocate for the Head Start program.
Lyndon Johnson died in 1973.
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