John Bowden Connally was born February 27, 1916 in Floresville, Texas, and attended Texas schools earning the Bachelors of Law degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He married the former Idanell Brill, they had four children: John B. Connally, III, Mark Connally, Mrs. Sharon Ammann and Kathleen, who is deceased. A lawyer by profession, he was active in the practice of law and politics. A long-time associate of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, whom he served first in 1939 as secretary of the House of Representatives and later as Administrative Assistant of the United States Senate in 1949. Mr. Connally earned a distinguished World War II record between those assignments. Upon his return from naval service in 1946, he became a president, general manager and attorney for radio station KVET in Austin, Texas, a business he helped organize.

President Kennedy appointed Mr. Connally Secretary of the Navy on December 27, 1961. He later successfully ran for Governor of Texas, holding that position from 1963-1968. Governor Connally was critically wounded while riding with President Kennedy when the President was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. After his stint as Governor of Texas he served on President Nixon's Advisory Council on Executive Organization in 1969-1970, and subsequently was appointed by the President to be a member of the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in 1970. Connally then was nominated by President Nixon to be the 61st Secretary of Treasury. He took office on February 11, 1971.

John Connally was known as a Texas Giant and the "Educational Governor of Texas. Connally died June 15, 1993. Even after his death John Connally was still making history. In 1995 The UT School of Law made a decision to name a new law facility after Governor Connally. The School of Law issued a statement that," Given his deep commitment to higher education and the long relationship of three generations of Connallys' with the school of law, it is altogether fitting that the new facility bear his name. To make this possible they waived the clause that stated the person whose name was chosen be deceased for three years before consideration.

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