Lady Bird Johnson Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Lady Bird Johnson Net Worth 

Lady Bird Johnson had an estimated net worth of $20 million at death. The wife of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson served as the first lady from 1963 to 1969.

Lady Bird Johnson had a high level of education for her time. While her husband was in the Navy, she bankrolled his Congressional campaign and ran his office. A radio station and a TV channel she purchased made the couple millionaires.

As the first lady, she supported the “war on poverty,” the Headstart Program, and the beautification of Washington, D.C. Lady Bird Johnson wrote the 800-page White House Diary after her presidency. She was also involved in beautification projects and women’s rights issues.

To calculate the net worth of Lady Bird Johnson, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Lady Bird Johnson
Net Worth: $20 Million
Monthly Salary: $10 Thousand
Annual Income: $1 Million
Source of Wealth: Former U.S. First Lady

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Early Life

Lady Bird Johnson was born Claudia Alta Taylor on December 22, 1912, in Karnack, Texas. Claudia was nicknamed “pretty as a ladybird” by a family nurse when she was a child. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Texas at Austin, then went on to study journalism with the goal of becoming a newspaper reporter.

Claudia met Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was working as a congressional aide at the time, in the summer of 1934. Claudia and Johnson married just seven weeks after their first date in November 1934. She used her inheritance to help fund his first election campaign.

U.S. First Lady

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. When the shots rang out, Vice President Johnson was only two cars behind Kennedy. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th president a few hours later aboard Air Force One on its way back to Washington, D.C. Claudia went on to become the first lady of the United States.

She would be first lady from 1963 to 1969; Johnson would be elected president in 1964, defeating conservative Republican Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona. (With public opinion overwhelmingly in favor of Democrats and Goldwater’s staunch conservatism, Johnson won by a landslide, receiving 61 percent of the popular vote—the largest margin of victory in U.S. election history.)

Claudia, better known as “Lady Bird Johnson” at the time, supported the “war on poverty” and the Headstart Program, as well as worked to improve the beauty of Washington, D.C. Lady Bird planted bulbs and trees along roadsides in the 1960s to draw attention to the growing crisis of habitat and species loss. She founded the First Lady’s Committee for a More Beautiful Capital, and her efforts resulted in the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, the first major legislative campaign launched by a first lady.

Lady Bird traveled to Portland, Oregon, in June 1968, with then-Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, to give a lecture on a new type of conservation to the American Institute of Architects. There, she discussed a conservation project that is concerned with the entire community in order to solve the problems caused by increasing urbanization.

Lady Bird stated, “The answers cannot be found in piecemeal reform.” “The job necessitates careful consideration of the entire environment. Not only in buildings, but also in parks, highways, open spaces, and green belts. In my opinion, beautification is much more than just cosmetics. To me, it encapsulates the entire effort to reconcile the natural and man-made worlds. To bring order, utility, and delight to our entire environment. And, of course, it all starts with trees, flowers, and landscaping.”

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Final Years and Legacy

Following her husband’s assassination, Lady Bird wrote the 800-page White House Diary, which detailed his life, including the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. She was also involved in beautification projects. Her passion for native wildflowers inspired her to establish the National Wildflower Research Center near Austin, Texas, in 1982. In 1998, it was renamed in her honor.

Lady Bird also remained vocal about women’s issues, calling the Equal Rights Amendment “the right thing to do.” She received the country’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1988.

Lady Bird had a stroke in 2002, which caused her to have difficulty speaking. She died on July 11, 2007, in West Lake Hills, Texas, at the age of 94.

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