The First Green First Lady: Lady Bird Johnson

When environmentalism was a word few people had heard, Lady Bird Johnson made Americans see the beauty and frailty of their natural surroundings

She came into the world in 1912 as Claudia Alta Taylor. But by the time she was 2, her nursemaid had declared that she was "pretty as a lady bird." And with that, her name was decided. Her fate, though, wasn't decided until 20 years later. In August 1934, just 10 weeks after she had graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in history and journalism, she met an ambitious former teacher named Lyndon Johnson. Three months after that, they were married, and she went from studying history to making it.

Lady Bird Johnson was 94 when she died July...

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