Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson

Us Presidential First Lady

Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson was First Lady of the United States from 1963 to 1969 during the presidency of her husband Lyndon B. Johnson. Throughout her life, she was an advocate for beautification of the nation's cities and highways and conservation of natural resources and made that her major initiative as First Lady.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lady Bird Johnson.


1912 Birth Born on December 22, 1912.


1928 15 Years Old After graduating from high school in May 1928, Lady Bird entered the University of Alabama for the summer session, where she took her first journalism course, but being homesick for Texas, she did not return for the fall term at Alabama. … Read More
1930 17 Years Old After graduating from St. Mary's in May 1930, Lady Bird toyed with the idea of going back to Alabama, but another friend from Marshall, Texas, was going to the University of Texas, so she chartered a plane to Austin, Texas. … Read More


1933 20 Years Old Lady Bird received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1933 and a second bachelor's degree in journalism cum laude in 1934. … Read More
1934 21 Years Old The couple married on November 17, 1934, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas. … Read More
1937 24 Years Old …  She also had two stepmothers; the second, Ruth Scroggins, married Thomas Taylor in 1937. … Read More


1943 30 Years Old In January–February 1943, Lady Bird Johnson spent $17,500 of her inheritance to purchase KTBC, an Austin radio station. … Read More
1952 39 Years Old She served as President of the company, LBJ Holding Co., and her husband negotiated an agreement with the CBS radio network. Lady Bird decided to expand by buying a television station in 1952 despite Lyndon's objections, reminding him that she could do as she wished with her inheritance. … Read More


1963 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 22, 1963, the Johnsons were accompanying the Kennedys in Dallas when JFK was assassinated; they were two cars behind the President in his motorcade. … Read More
1964 51 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 1964 election, Lady Bird traveled through eight Southern states in her own train to promote the Civil Rights Act, at one point giving 45 speeches over five days. … Read More
1967 - 1970 4 More Events
1971 58 Years Old …  From 1971 to 1978, she served on the board of regents for the University of Texas System. … Read More


1977 - 1982 2 More Events
1988 75 Years Old She then received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1988, becoming the first wife of a President to receive the honor. … Read More
1993 80 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, Lady Bird's health began to fail.
1999 86 Years Old In 1999 she was hospitalized for a fainting spell and, in 2002, she suffered a second, more severe, stroke, which left her unable to speak normally or walk without assistance.
2005 92 Years Old In 2005, she spent a few days in an Austin hospital for treatment of bronchitis.
2006 93 Years Old In February 2006, Lynda Johnson Robb told a gathering at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, that her mother was now totally blind and was "not in very good health."
In June 2007, she spent six days in Seton Hospital in Austin after suffering from a low-grade fever.
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