Texas is the second largest state with 268,601 square miles. Only Alaska is larger.
Texas is also the second most populous state with an official census population in 2010 of 25,145,501. The population of Texas grew 20.6% between 2000 and 2010. (California has the largest population of any state in the country with more than 37,000,000 inhabitants.)
The state bird of Texas is the Mockingbird.
Texas has over 70,000 miles of highways.
Two American Presidents were born in Texas, and two American Presidents have made Texas their home state after serving as President. You can find biographies of all of our Presidents on the White House website with this link, beginning with George Washington. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington
President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas. He became a Five-Star General in the American Army in 1944 and was elected President in 1952, serving two full terms. Eisenhower’s willingness to send federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas to ensure that local schools were desegretated was an important step in the Civil Rights movement. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/dwightdeisenhower
President Lyndon B. Johnson was born August 27, 1908 in Stonewall, Texas. He began his work life as a teacher but soon turned to politics, serving in the U.S. House and Senate before becoming Vice President to John F. Kennedy. After Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, Johnson served the remainder of Kennedy’s term and was elected to a full term as President in 1964. He is remembered for his Great Society policies where Medicare, Medicaid, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1968 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed along with other programs. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/lyndonbjohnson
President George H.W. Bush,who had a long career in public service, was born June 12th, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. After serving the country in war and peace he became Vice President to President Ronald Reagan and was elected President in 1988. Bush was President when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union disintegrated. He sent troops into Kuwait to help fight Iraq and Saddam Hussein in the First Persian Gulf War. He was known for his skilled diplomacy, both before and during his Presidency. After completing his term as President, he returned to Houston, Texas, where he still lives. His Presidential Library and the Bush School of Government and Public Service are on the campus of Texas A & M University in College Station. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgehwbush
President George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. His family moved to Texas when he was two. After his education was complete, he worked in the oil industry, helped his father campaign for the precedence in 1988, was part-owner of a baseball team and served as Governor of Texas from 1995 to 200o, when he was elected President of the United States. His two terms in office were filled with both national and international challenges, including the Al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the War in Iraq, continuing difficulties in other parts of the Middle East and increasing challenges at home in education and illegal immigration. President George W. Bush established his primary post-presidential residence in Dallas where Southern Methodist University is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The Center consists of the presidential archives, containing documents and artifacts of the Bush Administration, a museum with permanent and traveling exhibits and an independent public policy institute. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewbush
All four first ladies have made their own contributions to our country. Mamie Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush will be featured in our next blog.