Lady Bird has Virginia Ties

By: Lindsey Ward
By: Lindsey Ward

July 12, 2007

One of her great legacies during the Johnson administration was her involvement with the highway beautification project, in which she traveled to Virginia many times to visit a number of those sites.

She also had a hand in the war on poverty during the 60s specifically in the Appalachian region of the U.S. including Virginia.

However, her strongest tie to Virginia is through family. In the early 70s Lady Bird's daughter Lynda married future Virginia Senator and Governor Chuck Robb.

“Chuck Robb went to law school here at the University of Virginia and the Johnsons visited Charlottesville itself frequently during that period,” said Guian McKee, Associate Professor at UVa’s Miller Center for Public Affairs.

The year Robb graduated from law school President Johnson was to deliver the commencement speech, however, he unfortunately died before that was possible and Lady Bird took his place and spoke.

The former first lady will be buried Saturday at a private ceremony in the Johnson family cemetery.


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