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1982 Horatio Alger Award Winner

John B. Connally, Esq.*

Former Governor of Texas
Former Secretary of the Treasury

"It's wrong to define success as the accumulation of material goods. Having material things is not what is important in life."

John Bowden Connally, Jr., was one of seven children born in Floresville, Texas. When Connally was 10 years old, the family moved to San Antonio. In San Antonio, he delivered milk from a dairy truck after school in exchange for dairy products for his family. Through family sacrifice and his own part-time jobs on campus, Connally was able to attend the University of Texas at Austin. He served as campus coordinator for the congressional campaign of Lyndon B. Johnson. When Johnson won, Connally interrupted his studies to work for him in Washington, D. C. In 1941, he received his LLB degree, after which he entered the naval reserve as an ensign. He obtained the rank of lieutenant commander. After the war, Connally started KVET radio station. In 1948, he assisted in Johnson's successful bid for a Senate seat. After the election, he worked as a lawyer and then joined Sid Richardson, an independent oil producer. In 1961, President Kennedy asked him to be the 58th Secretary of the U. S. Navy. In 1963, Governor Connally was critically wounded while riding in the car with President Kennedy when he was assassinated in Dallas. In 1969, he returned to private practice. President Nixon named him Secretary of the Treasury in 1971. Two years later, he returned to practicing law and ran his own cattle ranch. Connolly ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for the 1980 Presidential race.

* Deceased