John Connally, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

John Connally

politician

Date of Birth: 27-Feb-1917

Place of Birth: Floresville, Texas, United States

Date of Death: 15-Jun-1993

Profession: lawyer, businessperson, politician, military officer, rancher

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Pisces


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About John Connally

  • John Bowden Connally Jr.
  • (February 27, 1917 – June 15, 1993) was an American politician.
  • He served as the 39th Governor of Texas and as the 61st United States Secretary of the Treasury.
  • He began his career as a Democrat and later became a Republican in 1973. Born in Floresville, Texas, Connally pursued a legal career after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • During World War II, he served on the staff of James Forrestal and Dwight D.
  • Eisenhower before transferring to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
  • After the war, he became an aide to Senator Lyndon B.
  • Johnson.
  • When Johnson assumed the vice presidency in 1961, he convinced President John F.
  • Kennedy to appoint Connally to the position of United States Secretary of the Navy.
  • Connally left the Kennedy Administration in December 1961 to run for Governor of Texas, and he held that position from 1963 to 1969.
  • In 1963, Connally was riding in the presidential limousine during Kennedy's assassination, and was seriously wounded.
  • During his governorship, he was a conservative Democrat. In 1971, Republican President Richard Nixon appointed Connally as his Treasury Secretary.
  • In this position, Connally presided over the removal of the U.S.
  • dollar from the gold standard, an event known as the Nixon shock.
  • Connally stepped down from the Cabinet in 1972 to lead the Democrats for Nixon organization, which campaigned for Nixon's re-election.
  • Connally was a candidate to replace Vice President Spiro Agnew after the latter resigned in 1973, but Nixon chose Gerald Ford instead.
  • Connally sought the Republican nomination for president in the 1980 election, but withdrew from the race after the first set of primaries.
  • Connally did not seek public office again after 1980 and died of pulmonary fibrosis in 1993.

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