Lady Bird Johnson dead at 94

posted 2007-07-11 18:02:24 by beth

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- "Lady Bird" Johnson, who became first lady during one of the darkest days in United States history, died Thursday, family spokesman Tom Johnson said. She was 94.

Her husband, Lyndon B. Johnson, became president upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, and presided over the escalation of the Vietnam War as well as the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Lady Bird Johnson was treated at a Texas hospital a week ago for a low-grade fever. She had a stroke in 2002.