Bentsen, Lloyd (11 February 1921–23 May 2006), U.S. senator, vice presidential nominee, and Treasury secretary, was born just north of the Mexican border in Mission, Texas, to Lloyd Bentsen, Sr., a pioneer in military aviation who became a prosperous rancher, land speculator, and banker, and Edna Ruth (Dolly) Colbath. The couple raised four children amid the citrus groves and cotton fields of the Rio Grande Valley and on the family’s expansive Arrowhead Ranch....
Bruce J. Evensen
Kenneth H. Williams
Johnson, Herschel Vespasian (18 September 1812–16 August 1880), Georgia governor, U.S. and Confederate senator, and vice presidential candidate, was born in Burke County, Georgia, the son of Moses Johnson, a planter, and Nancy Palmer. He studied at local schools before entering Monaghan Academy near Warrenton at fourteen. Attending the University of Georgia, he became a friend of ...
Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Muskie, Edmund S. (28 March 1914–26 March 1996), governor, U. S. senator, and secretary of state, was born Edmund Sixtus Muskie in Rumford, Maine, the son of Stephen Muskie, a tailor, and Josephine Czarnecki Muskie. The spelling of his immigrant father's surname, Marciszewski, had been distorted by an official at Ellis Island, and the new version was eventually adopted by the family. Quiet and studious as a boy, Muskie grew up in relative poverty and often felt isolated as a member of one of the few immigrant families in the area. He attended local schools before entering Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, from which he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in 1936. Awarded a scholarship for law school, Muskie received his LL.B. from Cornell in 1939 and gained admittance to the bar in both Massachusetts (1939) and Maine (1940)....
Ballard C. Campbell
Thurman, Allen Granberry (13 November 1813–12 December 1895), U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate, was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, the son of Pleasant Thurman, a teacher and minister, and Mary Granberry Allen, a teacher. In 1815 the family freed its slaves and moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, where Thurman spent his boyhood. His chief formal education took place under the supervision of his mother at her academy in Chillicothe. Thurman later read law under the tutelage of his uncle ...