Lady Bird Johnson

US Presidential First Lady Lady Bird Johnson

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.
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Deceased
11 July 2007

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World War II vet turns 100 years old - KXII-TV
Google News - over 6 years
"She's a wonderful lady, Johnson said. "I was very lucky" "He's a very good christian man," said Maude, Johnson's wife. "It's been a good 23 years that we've had together." And after one hundred years of living Johnson offers up this advice
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Cayman remembers Dan Peek - Caymanian Compass
Google News - over 6 years
Our abiding love for such dear islanders as the late Mavis Powell, Sunshine Bodden and Sir Vassel and Lady Johnson who made us feel so welcome, embodied the true Camanian spirit,” she said. Peek's Bodden Town album was dedicated to those Caymanians and
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NEW JERSEY; Rescuing Lady Bird's Legacy
NYTimes - over 10 years
In the 1980s, drivers along parts of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, especially the New Jersey section that runs from Fort Lee north to the New York State border, began seeing an array of colorful wildflowers along the wide median strip. The plantings were part of a national highway beautification program promoted by Lady Bird Johnson when her
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OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; Lady Bird's Lost Legacy
NYTimes - over 10 years
AT one in the morning on Oct. 8, 1965, the House of Representatives finally voted on the Highway Beautification Act -- ''Lady Bird's bill,'' as Representative Bob Dole, one of the leaders of the opposition, patronizingly called it. The representatives were supposed to have been at the White House six hours earlier for a ''Salute to Congress''
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Paid Notice: Deaths JOHNSON, LADY BIRD
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JOHNSON--Lady Bird. Where she walked, flowers and friendships bloomed. To continue her work, visit www.wildflower.org. With admiration and love, Marybeth Weston & family
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APPRECIATIONS; American Classic
NYTimes - over 10 years
Like many little girls in the early 1960s, I was dazzled by Jacqueline Kennedy's continental chic. But for classic American grace nothing for me could outdo Lady Bird Johnson and her Tiffany wildflower plates. I was 10 when Mrs. Johnson suddenly became first lady. And, as I recall, it was my mother -- who venerated Lyndon Johnson for Medicare,
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Lady Bird Johnson, 94, Is Dead; First Lady Eased Path to Power
NYTimes - over 10 years
Lady Bird Johnson, the widow of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was once described by her husband as ''the brains and money of this family'' and whose business skills cushioned his road to the White House, died yesterday afternoon at her home in Austin, Tex. She was 94. Mrs. Johnson was hospitalized for a week last month with a low-grade fever.
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NATIONAL BRIEFING; Texas: Lady Bird Johnson Hospitalized
NYTimes - over 10 years
The former first lady Lady Bird Johnson has been hospitalized in Austin and is undergoing tests, but is awake and receiving visits from family members and friends, a family spokesman said. Mrs. Johnson, 94, who has been hospitalized with strokes in the past, did not suffer a stroke this time, said a longtime friend, Neal Spelce. He did not disclose
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Still in the Limelight, on Her Own Terms
NYTimes - about 11 years
''If I had any regrets, it would mean I had not learned anything,'' Eartha Kitt said, sitting in the empty New World Stages theater on 50th Street. Between performances as Madame Vallet in the Off Broadway musical ''Mimi le Duck,'' Ms. Kitt, who will turn 80 in January, talked about a busy year in which she was featured in the musical, appeared at
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LECH'S AMERICAN ANGEL
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: IT WAS A PERFECT PLACE FOR AN EPIPHANY. THE SCENE WAS near St. Brygida's Church in Gdansk, the spiritual home of Poland's Solidarity movement. The date was May 25, 1989, the occasion the annual Corpus Christi procession. Among those leading the 25,000 marchers were Lech Walesa and Barbara Piasecka Johnson, the Polish-born American woman who
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lady Bird Johnson
    THIRTIES
  • 2007
    The lake was renamed Lady Bird Lake on July 26, 2007.
    In June 2007, she spent six days in Seton Hospital in Austin after suffering from a low-grade fever.
  • 2006
    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."
  • 2005
    In 2005, she spent a few days in an Austin hospital for treatment of bronchitis.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    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.
  • 1993
    In August 1993, she suffered a stroke and became legally blind due to macular degeneration.
    In 1993, Lady Bird's health began to fail.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    She then received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1988, becoming the first wife of a President to receive the honor.
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  • 1982
    In 1982, 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Lady Bird Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Gerald Ford on January 10, 1977.
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  • 1971
    From 1971 to 1978, she served on the board of regents for the University of Texas System.
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  • 1970
    In 1970, Lady Bird published A White House Diary, her intimate, behind-the-scenes account of her husband's presidency spanning November 22, 1963, to January 20, 1969.
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  • 1969
    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    She set March 1968 as the month her husband would announce he would not seek re-election, thinking back to Harry Truman's actions when he could have sought another term but chose not to do so.
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  • 1967
    Toward the end of the second term, Lady Bird was anxious for her husband to leave office. In September 1967, Lady Bird voiced her concerns to her husband on the effect a second term would have on his health.
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  • 1964
    Lady Bird continued her Whistlestop Tour in October 1964.
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    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.
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  • 1963
    Lady Bird 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.
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    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.
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  • 1952
    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.
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  • 1943
    In January–February 1943, Lady Bird Johnson spent $17,500 of her inheritance to purchase KTBC, an Austin radio station.
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  • 1937
    She also had two stepmothers; the second, Ruth Scroggins, married Thomas Taylor in 1937.
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  • 1934
    The couple married on November 17, 1934, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas.
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  • 1933
    Lady Bird received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1933 and a second bachelor's degree in journalism cum laude in 1934.
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  • 1930
    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.
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  • 1928
    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.
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  • 1912
    Born on December 22, 1912.
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