Born in a farmhouse on the Pedernales River, Lyndon Baines Johnson rose to become the thirty-sixth president of the United States. An outsize personality known for manhandling and manipulating other lawmakers (as well as his own staff, the media, and pretty much everyone), Johnson achieved landmark advances in civil rights and social programs. Bitter protests over the Vietnam War caused him not to seek a second term, and he died in 1973.
George H. W. Bush, the forty-first president of the United States, moved to Texas as an adult to seek his fortune in the oil patch. He served as director of the CIA and was Ronald Reagan’s vice president. Bush is generally regarded as a pragmatic, business-minded conservative, though his legacy has been obscured by the two Republican presidents who preceded and followed him—his old boss and his eldest son.