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Governor John Connally fathered several improvements in higher education. He is also well-known for being wounded by President Kennedy’s assassin in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Prior to serving as governor of Texas, he was the Secretary of the Navy for President Kennedy. Connally came to personify the image of the Texas “mover and shaker.” After becoming a Republican, Connally tried to win the Republican presidential nomination in 1980. His death in 1993 was caused by the long term effects of his wounds from the 1963 shooting.