The U.S. Postal Service is recognizing Lady Bird Johnson’s centennial with the release of a commemorative stamp featuring her White House portrait, making her one of only five first ladies to be featured on postage. A shy but shrewd country girl from East Texas, Claudia Alta married Lyndon B. Johnson in 1934 after he had graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College, now Texas State. The future president gave her the nickname because she was “purty as a ladybird.” She would be called Lady Bird for the rest of her life.
MARY MATTIA reports for KUT News where this story was originally broadcast. It made available here through a news partnership between the Texas Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.