Presidents Day is a day where we all honor and reflect on the leading men of our great country. We are obliged to honor all of our past Commanders in Chief but, we have a special place “Deep in the Heart of Texas” for a few of our great nation’s leaders.
We are lucky to have THREE past Presidents as native Texans. AND each had a hand in bettering the country we call home. Here are some of our favorite facts you probably didn’t know about our past Texan Presidents:
Photo by Texarkana Gazette
Lyndon B. Johnson
- The 1st Texas President
- Vice President of John F. Kennedy before he was assassinated
- From Stonewall, Texas
- Grew up in a farmhouse
- First profession was as a school teacher
- Was nearly killed in WWII by deciding to board a different flight, missing the plane that later crashed with no survivors
- Signed the Civil Rights Act into law
- He, his wife, and their 2 daughters all have the initials “LBJ”
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George H. W. Bush
- Born in Massachusetts
- Known for his funky sock collection
- Captain of the Yale University baseball team and played in the 1st two College World Series.
- In July 2013 he shaved his head to honor the son of one of his Secret Service agents who was suffering from leukemia
- He was Youngest pilot in the Navy in 1943
- Celebrated his 75th birthday by going skydiving. 5 years later he did it again, and 5 years after that – at 85!
- He placed a Broccoli ban aboard Air Force One during his presidency
Photo by George Bush Library
George W. Bush
- Born in Connecticut
- Only president to earn an MBA
- His 2002 State of the Union address was the 1st to be live broadcast on the internet
- Was an F-102 Fighter Pilot
- He met his wife Laura at a summer BBQ
- Part owner of Texas Rangers Baseball team
- 43rd president of the United States
- His Presidential Library can be found at Southern Methodist University
What an impressive bunch we get to claim from the Lone Star state.
Hats off to you, fellow Presidents!
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