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Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird JohnsonAKA Claudia Alta Taylor

Born: 22-Dec-1912
Birthplace: Karnack, TX
Died: 11-Jul-2007
Location of death: Austin, TX
Cause of death: Natural Causes
Remains: Buried, Family cemetery, LBJ Ranch, Gillespie County, TX

Gender: Female
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: First Lady
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Wife of US President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Claudia Alta Taylor was born in the family mansion, and one of the maids said she was as cute as a Lady Bird. The name stuck. Lady Bird was five years old when her mother died, and she was raised by her father, aunt, and the family servants. In 1934, she met Lyndon B. Johnson, who was then Congressman Richard M. Kleberg's secretary. Lyndon and Lady Bird were married five months later, and two years after that Lyndon was elected to Congress. The Johnsons purchased Austin radio station KTBC with Lady Bird's inheritance, added a TV station, and were soon quite wealthy. During the 1960s, while Lyndon was stoking the Vietnam war and blacks and women were demanding their rights, Lady Bird established the First Lady's Committee for a More Beautiful Capital. Later she championed the $320-million Highway Beautification Bill, to eliminate roadside billboards and junkyards.

Father: Thomas Jefferson Taylor ("dealer in everything," said his store's sign)
Mother: Minnie Patillo
Husband: Lyndon B. Johnson (b. 27-Aug-1908; m. 17-Nov-1934; d. 22-Jan-1973)
Daughter: Lynda Bird Johnson (b. 19-Mar-1944)
Daughter: Luci Baines Johnson (b. 2-Jul-1947)

    High School: Marshall Senior High School, Marshall, TX (1928)
    University: St. Mary's Episcopal School for Girls
    University: BA Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin (1933)
    University: BA Journalism, University of Texas at Austin (1934)

    Member of the Board of Texas Commerce Bank (1977)
    amfAR National Council
    Kennedy Center Honorary Chair
    National Geographic Society trustee emeritus
    Congressional Gold Medal 1988
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 10-Jan-1977
    Peabody for "A Visit to Washington with Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson on Behalf of a More Beautiful America" (1966)
    Secret Service Codename Victoria
    Miscarriage three
    Stroke Aug-1993
    Fainted Apr-1995
    Stroke May-2002
    Risk Factors: Blindness

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