Tributes


The National First Ladies' Library remembers and honors the contributions of

First Lady Betty Ford
1918-2011
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Biography

Memorial
Mary Regula remembers First Lady Betty Ford





 

 


The National First Ladies' Library remembers and honors the contributions of
First Lady Lady Bird (Claudia Alta) Taylor Johnson
,
honorary chairperson of our Library.
 

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Learn more about
Lady Bird Johnson:

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View Educational Curriculum

View Lady Bird Johnson Tribute
View Press Release




“My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth.”    -Lady Bird Johnson


View Newsweek Article by Carl S. Anthony

Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson was a First Lady of many “firsts”
  • She was the first First Lady to undertake a scheduled campaign tour independent of her husband. On a train called the “Lady Bird Special," she traveled through eight southern states for four days, delivering speeches from the caboose in support of her husband’s election.
  • Lady Bird was the first First Lady to hold the Bible for her husband at his swearing in ceremony during the 1965 inauguration; every First Lady since then has followed suit. 
  • Mrs. Johnson was the first First Lady to have written speeches for her speaking engagements; her predecessors almost always did so without prepared text.
  • In 1967, Lady Bird Johnson became the first First Lady to visit Southeast Asia.