Lynden Johnson



Number President 36th President
Terms Served 1 and 1 half Terms Served
Dates Served 1963-1969
Party Democrat
State Represented Texas
Married to / First Lady Claudia Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson
Born August 27, 1908 near Stonewall, Texas
Died January 22, 1973 in Johnson City, Texas
Age Lynden Johnson would be 100 years old this year


  Lyndon Baines Johnson, also known as LBJ was the 36th  president of the United States of America serving from the years1963 -1969. After serving a long term in both houses of the Congress, he was selected by the presidential candidate of the 1960 elections, John F. Kennedy as his running mate. When Kennedy won the elections, he became the 37th  Vice-president of the state and succeeded to the presidential throne. His presidential accession was sudden as he came in to replace the assassinated popular president Kennedy, a task not easy at all to perform.
With a landslide victory in place in the 1964 elections, all in his favor, Lyndon Baines Johnson used his administrative powers to aid social issues that came to be known as the constituents of the “Great Society”. His role in escalating American military participation in the Vietnam War was also a decision that made an impact on the country as well as the on United States itself.

  Lyndon Baines Johnson was born near Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1908 to Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr. and Rebekah Baines. His birthplace was a little farmhouse in the impoverished area on the River Pedernales. He had one brother and three sisters. He showed leading qualities in school too as his awkward, talkative and intriguing nature helped him get elected as president of his eleventh-grade class. He graduated from Johnson City High School in 1924 and worked through his college graduation from Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College in 1931. Afterwards he took up teaching in Mexican populated areas of Texas and San Antonio. This is where he realized the interest and initiative to make knowledge available to every living American and eradicate poverty.

  His early political career was as interesting as his childhood. With his father’s influence, he campaigned for state Senator Welly Hopkins. Due to his strong personality, he was recommended to Congressman Richard M. Kleberg. He was appointed speaker of the “little congress” where he cultivated budding Congressmen, lobbyists as well as newspapermen. He became a surrogate son to Sam Rayburn and thereafter married Claudia Alta Taylor (known as ‘Lady Bird’). They had two daughters. As the head of the Texas National Youth Administration in 1935, he helped create job and education opportunity doors to poorer sections of the society. He had also served as a naval officer in the Naval Reserves.
  After President Kennedy’s assassination, he was sworn in as the president of the state on Air Force One at Love Field Airport in Dallas in 1963. The immense grief and sympathy that Kennedy’s assassination had created gave Lyndon Baines Johnson impromptu thrust to carry out Kennedy’s plans and initiatives regarding social issues like poverty, education to all and free Medicare. This was evident as most of John F. Kennedy’s appointees were retained in office, including the late president’s brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy before he left office in 1964.

In accordance with the civil rights movement, Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This was inspite of the Southern resistance to the passing of the Bill. He also passed the Voting Rights Act that disallowed voting discrimination against blacks and other impoverished sections of the society. He also escalated the troops in Vietnam from 16,000 in 1963 to almost 550,000 in 1968. This move was met with mixed reactions from the populace in the state.  
  Lyndon Baines Johnson died on January 22, 1973 from a heart attack, his third, at the age of 64. He was given a state funeral where several dignitaries from the administration and his party, including the Secretary of the State, eulogized him.
  Renowned for his “Johnson treatment”, or the arm-twisting of important political engineers, Johnson had a domineering yet powerful personality that made him popular and respected across all ages and party lines.                   



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