A Lady’s Presence
The Library of Congress’ premier holdings attract about 1 million visitors annually. In April 1975, the Library was paid a visit by former first lady Lady Bird Johnson, who had returned to Texas with her husband, President Lyndon Johnson, upon leaving the White House in 1969. Here, the first lady inspects Thomas Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence.
Johnson, now 94, has been unable to return to D.C. in recent years because of her declining health. She currently is the oldest surviving first lady in the United States. Bess Truman, who died in 1982 at age 97, is the longest-living first lady in the country’s history.