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Presidential history in Valdosta

Ronald Reagan posing for a photo with members of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce during his visit to Valdosta in 1979 Ronald Reagan posing for a photo with members of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce during his visit to Valdosta in 1979
President Eisenhower posing for a photo with several VSU students who came to see him as he played golf in Thomasville in 1957 President Eisenhower posing for a photo with several VSU students who came to see him as he played golf in Thomasville in 1957
Lady Bird Johnson speaking from the back of a train in Valdosta in 1964 Lady Bird Johnson speaking from the back of a train in Valdosta in 1964
George H. W. Bush (right) at his son, George W. Bush's (left) graduation at Moody Air Force Base George H. W. Bush (right) at his son, George W. Bush's (left) graduation at Moody Air Force Base
Donald Davis Donald Davis
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Throughout the years, Valdosta has played host to numerous presidential visits. Ronald Reagan came to town in 1979.

"The visit by Reagan was to be the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Dinner," explained Donald Davis, Executive Director of the Lowndes County Historical Museum in Valdosta.

Dwight Eisenhower and Georgia's very own Jimmy Carter have been to Valdosta on multiple occasions.

"President Eisenhower would fly in to Moody Air Force Base to go play golf in Thomasville. He loved the Thomasville area," said Davis. "Of course, Jimmy Carter has been here fairly often."

Several First Ladies have visited Valdosta as well, including Jimmy Carter's wife.

"His wife, Rosalyn, she's worked with social programs at VSU," Davis pointed out. Lady Bird Johnson came through the known train through the deep South...Laura Bush has been here speaking."

But perhaps the most unique piece of presidential history is that a former President lived in Valdosta for a short time...and it wasn't Jimmy Carter.

"President Bush 43 received his wings at Moody Air Force Base," noted Davis.

Another man who would also eventually become President made a visit to Valdosta at the same time George W. Bush was graduating from Moody. 

"When his father, Bush 41, was a Texas Congressman," said Davis, "he came and delivered their commencement speech for this particular graduation class."

And though most of the Presidential visits have been very brief, usually lasting just one day, they still make Valdosta a part of Presidential history.

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