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- This page refers to the former governor of Texas; the lead singer of the thrash-metal band Nuclear Assault is named John Connelly.
Connally was born in Floresville, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was an aide to Lyndon Johnson when the latter was a young Congressman and maintained ties to Johnson while practicing law in Texas.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy named Connally Secretary of the Navy. Connally resigned after 11 months to seek the Texas governorship. He was elected Governor of Texas in November, 1962 as a Democrat. He served as governor from 1963 to 1969. On November 22, 1963, he was seriously wounded while riding in President Kennedy's car in Dallas, Texas when the president was assassinated, making one of Connally's mentors and fellow Texan, Lyndon Johnson, president.
President Richard Nixon appointed Connally as United States Secretary of the Treasury in 1971, he served as secretary until 1972. In 1973, when LBJ died, Connally took part in eulogizing his old friend during burial services, along with the minister who officiated the services, Rev. Billy Graham. Later that year, he joined the Republican party. When Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973, Connally was one of Richard Nixon’s top choices for Vice President. He sought the Republican nomination for President in 1980, campaigning on a pledge to bring the U.S. hostages home from Iran by any means necessary — refusing even to rule out the use of nuclear weapons — but withdrew from the race after only a few states had held primary elections. He died in 1993.
- Connally and his wife admitted to being soap opera addicts. In a TIME article, written January 12, 1976, the two were quoted as saying that they would not allow anything to interrupt them during their favorite "story", Love of Life.
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