American President A Reference Resource ↑ Richard Milhous Nixon Front PageJohn B. Connally (1971–1972): Secretary of the TreasuryJohn Connally Jr. was born near Floresville, Texas, on February 27, 1917. He received a B.A. (1939) and an LL.B. (1941) from the University of Texas. Connally was President Kennedy's secretary of the Navy from 1961 until being elected governor of Texas in 1962. He was critically wounded in the assassination of President Kennedy, but he survived and was reelected governor in 1964 and 1966. Connally later served as Nixon's secretary of the treasury (1971-1972). He died of pulmonary fibrosis on June 15, 1993.