Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson

Us Presidential First Lady

Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson was First Lady of the United States (1963–69) during the presidency of her husband Lyndon B. Johnson. Notably well educated for her time, she proved a capable manager and a shrewd investor. After marrying LBJ in 1934, when he was a political hopeful in Austin, Texas, she used a modest inheritance to bankroll his congressional campaign, and then ran his office while he was serving in the navy.… 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's 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 1 More Event
Notably well-educated for a woman of her era, she proved a capable manager and a shrewd investor. After marrying LBJ in 1934 when he was a political hopeful in Austin, Texas, she used a modest inheritance to bankroll his congressional campaign, and then ran his office while he served in the navy. … 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 Johnson created the modern structure of the First Lady's office; she was the first to have a press secretary and chief of staff of her own and an outside liaison with Congress. Her press secretary from 1963 to 1969 was Liz Carpenter, a fellow University of Texas alumna. … Read More
1964 51 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 1964 election, Johnson 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
1969 56 Years Old A majestic grove of coastal redwoods, named in her honor by President Nixon in 1969, is located just north of Orick, California. "Lady Bird Johnson Grove" is part of Redwood National Park. … Read More
1970 57 Years Old In 1970, Johnson published A White House Diary, her intimate, behind-the-scenes account of her husband's presidency spanning November 22, 1963, to January 20, 1969. … Read More


1973 - 1977 2 More Events
1982 69 Years Old On December 22, 1982 (her 70th birthday), she and actress Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center west of Austin, Texas, as a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving and reintroducing native plants in planned landscapes. … Read More
1993 80 Years Old …  In August 1993, she suffered a stroke and became legally blind due to macular degeneration.
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, Lady Bird's daughter 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." … Read More
The lake was renamed Lady Bird Lake on July 26, 2007. In 1963, during the Pageant Of Peace Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the President and First Lady were to be introduced by a Girl Scout. … Read More
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