39th Governor of Texas (1963 - 1969)
Born in 1917 in Floresville, John Connally was elected the 39th governor of Texas in 1963. During his term he emphasized educational issues and helped to secure financing for higher teacher salaries, better libraries, and improved research and doctoral programs in the universities. His political career also included influential positions at the national level, serving as Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy (1961) and Secretary of the Treasury under President Richard M. Nixon (1971 – 1972.) Connally died in Houston in 1993, and is buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
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