L-R: Lynda Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, Luci Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson [LBJ Library photo #48-8-22 by Unknown]

L-R: Lynda Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, Luci Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson [LBJ Library photo #48-8-22 by Unknown]

LBJ love letters: A quick courtship of Lady Bird

Feb 14, 2013

Lyndon Johnson knew he wanted to marry Lady Bird immediately after meeting her on a September 1934 trip to Texas, but she wasn’t so sure.

LBJ, 26, told Lady Bird, 21, that he loved her and that it galled him she would not say she loved him back. He asked her to write daily when he was back in Washington at work as a congressional staffer, and he wrote her a stream of mopey letters about feeling lonesome when days would pass between her notes.

Pegged to Valentine’s Day, Johnson’s Presidential library in Austin, Texas, will open to the public Thursday all 90 letters written between the two during a whirlwind 10-week courtship that ended with their Nov. 1934 marriage in San Antonio. read more

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