President Lyndon Johnson visited New York City for two hours Thursday (5 March) to attend the funeral of the city's beloved first lady, Mrs.
President Lyndon Johnson visited New York City for two hours Thursday (5 March) to attend the funeral of the city's beloved first lady, Mrs. Robert F. Wagner. Hundreds of dignitaries were on hand, including Francis Cardinal Spellman, who never before had attended a Protestant Church funeral in his 25 years as Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York.
The presidential party included Adlai Stevenson, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; and Senators and Representatives from New York State. Mr. Johnson sat in the front left pew of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, just across the aisle from the grieving Mayor Wagner and his son. An honor guard of 140 New York firemen, policemen and sanitation workers stood outside the church doors.
Mrs. Wagner had been a personal friend of President and Mrs. Johnson. Mayor Wagner has received signal courtesies from the president, and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket next fall.
Mrs. Wagner died Tuesday (3 March) of lung cancer.