February 1, 1967. Drew Pearson shares a story in his column that appears to demonstrate the power still wielded by 72-year-old FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover: 

"Gov. Grant Sawyer, Democrat, running for reelection, charged the FBI with wholesale wire tapping in Las Vegas and waging ‘an invisible war against Nevada.’
J. Edgar was really  sore. The election boiled down, in effect, to one between Gov. Sawyer and J. Edgar Hoover—though Hoover remained silent on the sidelines.
In the end Sawyer lost, and afterward came to Washington to talk with President Johnson, Vice President Humphrey, and John Macy, head of the Civil Service Commission. All three urged him to accept a federal job. Finally LBJ came up with the offer that Sawyer become the governor general of the Panama Canal Zone.
Sawyer hesitated, but finally agreed to accept the appointment. The White House then ordered the routine FBI check, and G-men started to ask questions in Nevada regarding Sawyer.
Either Hoover’s men were not discreet in asking questions, or they deliberately leaked. At any rate, their investigation got into the headlines.
There’s nothing LBJ dislikes more than being scooped on an appointment. This J. Edgar Hoover knows all too well. So the chances are his Nevada critic will not be governor of the Canal Zone.”

Check out more of the Drew Pearson columns here. Photo: Hoover and LBJ in the Oval Office. 4/28/1965. LBJ Presidential Library photo #A355-33, public domain. 

February 1, 1967. Drew Pearson shares a story in his column that appears to demonstrate the power still wielded by 72-year-old FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover: 

"Gov. Grant Sawyer, Democrat, running for reelection, charged the FBI with wholesale wire tapping in Las Vegas and waging ‘an invisible war against Nevada.’

J. Edgar was really  sore. The election boiled down, in effect, to one between Gov. Sawyer and J. Edgar Hoover—though Hoover remained silent on the sidelines.

In the end Sawyer lost, and afterward came to Washington to talk with President Johnson, Vice President Humphrey, and John Macy, head of the Civil Service Commission. All three urged him to accept a federal job. Finally LBJ came up with the offer that Sawyer become the governor general of the Panama Canal Zone.

Sawyer hesitated, but finally agreed to accept the appointment. The White House then ordered the routine FBI check, and G-men started to ask questions in Nevada regarding Sawyer.

Either Hoover’s men were not discreet in asking questions, or they deliberately leaked. At any rate, their investigation got into the headlines.

There’s nothing LBJ dislikes more than being scooped on an appointment. This J. Edgar Hoover knows all too well. So the chances are his Nevada critic will not be governor of the Canal Zone.”

Check out more of the Drew Pearson columns here. Photo: Hoover and LBJ in the Oval Office. 4/28/1965. LBJ Presidential Library photo #A355-33, public domain. 

November 4, 1966. LBJ poses with Blanco and one of the beagles (Freckles or J. Edgar) on the steps of the diplomatic entrance to the White House.
The beagles are very difficult to tell apart! On this day, according to the Diary, LBJ stopped for photos with Blanco and both J. Edgar and Freckles (one of Him’s puppies)—but which one is in this photo is anybody’s guess. After Him (of Him and Her) was hit by a car on the White House lawn while chasing a squirrel in June 1966, FBI Director and fellow dog lover J. Edgar Hoover gave the President another beagle. The President named the dog J. Edgar, but later dropped the J. and called  him Edgar.
LBJ Library photo #C3810-17, public domain. 

November 4, 1966. LBJ poses with Blanco and one of the beagles (Freckles or J. Edgar) on the steps of the diplomatic entrance to the White House.

The beagles are very difficult to tell apart! On this day, according to the Diary, LBJ stopped for photos with Blanco and both J. Edgar and Freckles (one of Him’s puppies)—but which one is in this photo is anybody’s guess. After Him (of Him and Her) was hit by a car on the White House lawn while chasing a squirrel in June 1966, FBI Director and fellow dog lover J. Edgar Hoover gave the President another beagle. The President named the dog J. Edgar, but later dropped the J. and called  him Edgar.

LBJ Library photo #C3810-17, public domain. 

September 22, 1966, 2:10 PM. LBJ goes for a walk with his dogs, aide Marvin Watson, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. 
LBJ Presidential Library photo C3177-35, public domain. 

September 22, 1966, 2:10 PM. LBJ goes for a walk with his dogs, aide Marvin Watson, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. 

LBJ Presidential Library photo C3177-35, public domain. 

August 10, 1962: The Herbert Hoover Library is dedicated in West Branch, Iowa, with presidents Hoover and Truman participating in the ceremony.
LBJ would find the Hoover Library an inspiration when the time came for him to plan the creation of his own presidential library. The exhibit above covers Hoover’s monumental effort to feed Europe’s starving people after WWI—a oft-overlooked piece of Hoover’s legacy that LBJ found especially affecting.  

August 10, 1962: The Herbert Hoover Library is dedicated in West Branch, Iowa, with presidents Hoover and Truman participating in the ceremony.

LBJ would find the Hoover Library an inspiration when the time came for him to plan the creation of his own presidential library. The exhibit above covers Hoover’s monumental effort to feed Europe’s starving people after WWI—a oft-overlooked piece of Hoover’s legacy that LBJ found especially affecting.