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Death of Lady Bird's father


On this day in 1960, Thomas Jefferson Taylor II died in Marshall, Texas. He was the father of Claudia Alta Taylor, who married Lyndon B. Johnson in 1934. After moving from his native Alabama to Texas in the 1890s, Taylor opened a store in Karnack. By the 1930s he was one of the largest landowners and businessmen in Harrison County, called "Cap'n Taylor" by his business associates. Taylor donated to the state about two-thirds of the land in Caddo Lake State Park. His most lasting, though indirect, influence came from his financial backing of his son-in-law when LBJ ran for Congress in 1937.

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