Before they were married, President Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson exchanged a series of letters during their 10-week courtship, now available online at the LBJ Presidential Library website in time for Valentine's Day.
Washington DC: President Johnson gives the “OK” sign to paraders passing his reviewing stand in front of the White House during the Inaugural Parade here on 1/20/1965. At left is a smiling Lady Bird Johnson. (UPI Photo)
The LBJ Presidential Library released a series of letters written between future President Lyndon Johnson and his future first lady, over the course of their 10-week courtship.
Johnson was introduced to Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor on September 5, 1934 by a mutual friend in Austin, and arranged to meet again the next morning.
Lyndon and Lady Bird met for breakfast, spent the day together, and he purportedly proposed before the day was over. In the next few days, Lyndon introduced Lady Bird to his parents; she met his boss, Congressman Kleberg; and they drove to Karnack where Lady Bird introduced Lyndon to her father. Johnson then returned to his job in Washington, D.C. During the next 10 weeks, the two wrote approximately ninety courtship letters to each other before he returned to Texas, and they "committed matrimony," as Lady Bird described it, in San Antonio on November 17, 1934.
The entire collection is available on the LBJ Presidential Library website.