lyndon johnson

     

Lynon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the thirty-sixth President of the United States, serving from 1963-1969. A Democrat, Johnson succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of President Kennedy, and after completing Kennedy's term was elected President in his own right in a landslide victory in the 1964 Presidential election. Johnson was a major leader of the Democratic Party and as President was responsible for designing the "Great Society" legislation that included civil rights laws, Medicare (health care for the elderly), Medicaid (health care for the poor), aid to education, and the "War on Poverty." Simultaneously, he escalated the American involvement in the Vietnam War, from 16,000 American soldiers in 1963 to 550,000 in early 1968.

Trivia about lyndon johnson

  • Opened in 1971, his presidential library is the farthest south
  • He was the last president to take the oath of office from someone other than the Chief Justice of the U.S.
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  • In 1966 he told us, "The Great Society leads us along three roads -- growth and justice and liberation"
  • He was the one & only U.S. president to take the oath of office aboard an airplane
  • On March 31, 1968, he announced on national TV that he would not seek re-election
  • On May 22, 1964 this president told America, "The great society rests on abundance and liberty for all"
  • In 1964 he told a National Urban League conference, "We must open the doors of opportunity"
  • Before 1992, the last time Illinois voted for a Democrat in the presidential election was for this man in 1964
  • In his 1964 State of the Union he said, responding to Khrushchev's boast, "We do not intend to be buried"
  • Southwest Texas State(class of 1930)
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
  • From 1935 to 1937 he served as director of the National Youth Administration in Texas
  • In 1965 he became the first sitting president to meet a pope in the U.S. when he met Paul VI
  • In 1968 this president cited a "division in the American House" & quit the upcoming race in the name of national unity
  • He asked us to join him "And march along the road... that leads to the Great Society"
  • In his first address to Congress: "All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today"
  • This future pres.'s 1948 Senate race is the subject of the musical "The Winner", which premiered in Texas in 2007
  • In a 1965 message to Congress, he said, "poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance"
  • Stonewall, Texas
  • Robert Caro's "Means of Ascent", a biography of this Texan President, recounts his early Senate victories
  • You'll find this man's presidential library at the University of Texas in Austin
  • August 27, 1908 near Stonewall, Texas
  • Long before he was president, he taught debate & public speaking at Sam Houston High School from 1930 to 1931
  • In 1964 he lifted his beagles Him & Her by the ears on the White House lawn, provoking protest
  • In March, 1964, he said, "For the first time in our history, it is possible to conquer poverty"
  • In the 1930s this future U. S. president was secretary to former King Ranch foreman Richard Kleberg
  • In 1935 he was appointed director of the National Youth Administration in Texas
  • In 1971 he published "The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency, 1963-1969"
  • Yuki, a mongrel found at a Texas gas station by daughter Luci, was his favorite pooch
  • (Cheryl of the Clue Crew walks through a TV room times three at Graceland in Memphis, TN.) Elvis probably got the idea to put 3 TVs in a row from this president, who was famous for watching 3 news shows at once
  • This president had a pair of beagles named Him & Her
  • In 1968 Eric Goldman wrote "The Tragedy of" this president: "A Historian's Personal Memoir"
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • This ex-VP took the presidential oath of office from Judge Sarah Hughes, the first woman to administer it
  • He was the last U.S. president not sworn in by the Chief Justice of the U.S.
  • ...John Glenn orbited the Earth for the first time
  • His great-grandfather George Washington Baynes Sr was a president of Baylor University