|Name||John B. Connally|
Austin, Texas , United States
|| February 27, 1917
|Died||June 15, 1993
|Contributor||Not in Public Domain|
Nov 17, 2018 01:20am
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|Info||A long-time associate of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, whom he served first as secretary in 1939 in the House of Representatives and later as Administrative Assistant in 1949 in the United States Senate, Mr. Connally earned a distinguished World War II record between those assignments. Upon his return from naval service in 1946, he became president, general manager and attorney for radio station KVET in Austin, Texas, a business he helped organize. |
President Kennedy appointed Mr. Connally Secretary of the Navy on December 27, 1961. He later successfully ran for Governor of Texas. Governor Connally was critically wounded while riding with President Kennedy when the President was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in November 1963.
Long active in Democratic Party affairs, Mr. Connally rose above partisan politics to serve on President Nixon's Advisory Council on Executive Organization in 1969-1970, and subsequently was appointed by the President to be a member of the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in 1970.
Connally was nominated by President Nixon to be the 61st Secretary of the Treasury. He took office on February 11, 1971.
Mr. Connally came to the Treasury Department with a distinguished career of achievement in public life and in the private sector. A lawyer by profession, he was active in the practice of law and politics in Texas, including three terms as Governor of the State from 1963-1968.
As Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Connally became one of the most influential members of the Cabinet, and was designated chief spokesman of the Nixon Administration in matters relating to the economic program to halt inflation and spur industrial productivity, a program he helped design and present to the Congress.
Mr. Connally was born February 27, 1916, in Floresville, Texas, and attended Texas schools earning the Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Texas in Austin. Married to the former Idanell Brill of Austin, they had three children: John B. Connally, III, Mark Connally, and Mrs. Robert (Sharon) Ammann. Mr. Connally died on June 15, 1993.