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  1. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th president of the United States after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Johnson introduced important social laws, including a civil rights bill. He is also remembered for expanding U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

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  2. Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th President of the United States. Served as President: 1963-1969. Vice President: Hubert Humphrey. Party: Democrat. Age at inauguration: 55. Born: August 27, 1908 near Stonewall, Texas. Died: January 22, 1973 in Johnson City, Texas. Married: Claudia Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson. Children: Lynda, Luci. Nickname: LBJ.

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    Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on August 27, 1908, near Stonewall, Texas, in a small farmhouse on the Pedernales River. He was the eldest of five children born to Samuel Ealy Johnson Jr. and Rebekah Baines. Johnson had one brother, Sam Houston Johnson, and three sisters, Rebekah, Josefa, and Lucia. Johnson grew up poor, with his father losing a gre...

    Johnson graduated in 1924 from Johnson City High School. In 1926, he enrolled at SWTSTC. The college years refined his skills of persuasion and political organization. For nine months, from 1928 to 1929, Johnson paused his studies to teach Mexican–American children at the segregated Welhausen School in Cotulla, 90 miles (140 km) south of San Antoni...

    Johnson was called to active duty three days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. He received the Silver Starfor gallantry in action. He was also awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

    Johnson won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1937. In 1948, he became a senator, rising to the positon of the Senate Democratic leader in 1953 and majority leader in 1954. In 1960, Johnson ran for presidency. Ultimately, Senator Kennedy made Johnson his vice presidential running mate. The Kennedy–Johnson ticket won the general elect...

    Johnson was sworn in as the nation's 36th president aboard Air Force One at Dallas Love Field two hours and eight minutes after Kennedy's assassination. During his tenure, Johnson sought to expand civil rights, public broadcasting, access to health care, aid to education and the arts, urban and rural development, and public services. He aimed to cr...

    After leaving the presidency in January 1969, Johnson went home to his ranch in Stonewall, Texas, accompanied by former aide and speechwriter Harry J. Middleton, who would draft Johnson's first book, The Choices We Face, and work with him on his memoirs, The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency 1963–1969, published in 1971. That year, the ...

    Johnson died on January 22, 1973 from a heart attack. Johnson was honored with a state funeral. He was buried in his family's private cemetery at the house in which he was born.

    The Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston was renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in 1973, and the United States Department of Education headquarters was named after Johnson in 2007. The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin was named in his honor, as is the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland. Also n...

    National Aeronautics and Space Act(1962)
    Choices We Face(1969)
    The Vantage Point(1971)
    Johnson's boyhood home in Johnson City, Texas
    Johnson as U.S. senator from Texas
    Senate Desk X, used by all Democratic leaders, including Johnson, since Joseph Taylor Robinson
    Opening Day of the 1961 baseball season. President Kennedy throws out the first ball at Griffith Stadium, the home field of the Washington Senators, as LBJ and Hubert Humphreylook on.
  3. Lyndon B. Johnson was born August 27, 1908 in Stonewall, Texas. He married Claudia Alta Taylor in 1934. She was nicknamed Lady Bird. The couple had two daughters, Lynda and Luci. Every member of Johnson’s family, including his dogs, had the same initials, LBJ.

  4. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. (1908–73). At 2:38 pm, on November 22, 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office as 36th president of the United States. On his right stood his wife, Lady Bird. On his left stood Jacqueline Kennedy, stony-faced with shock.

  5. Aug 2, 2018 · President Lyndon B. Johnson (August 27, 1908—January 22, 1973) advanced equality through major civil rights legislation and social service programs. He is also remembered for expanding U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.

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  7. Jun 1, 2024 · Lyndon B. Johnson, frequently called LBJ, was an American politician and moderate Democrat who was president of the United States from 1963 to 1969. He was born on August 27, 1908, and died on January 22, 1973.

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