Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson

President of the United States

Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (1963–1969), a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President of the United States (1961–1963). He is one of only four people who served in all four elected federal offices of the United States: Representative, Senator, Vice President and President.… Read More

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1908 Birth Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on August 27, 1908, in Stonewall, Texas, in a small farmhouse on the Pedernales River, the oldest of five children born to Samuel Ealy Johnson Jr. (1877 - 1937) and Rebekah Baines (1881 - 1958). … Read More


1924 15 Years Old …  He enrolled in Southwest Texas State Teachers College (SWTSTC) in the summer of 1924, where students from unaccredited high schools could take the 12th-grade courses needed for admission to SWTSTC at San Marcos. … Read More
1926 17 Years Old In 1926, Johnson enrolled at SWTSTC (now Texas State University). … Read More
1928 19 Years Old For nine months, from 1928 to 1929, Johnson paused his studies to teach Mexican-American children at the segregated Welhausen School in Cotulla, some south of San Antonio in La Salle County.


1930 21 Years Old 1 More Event
The job helped him to save money to complete his education, and he graduated in 1930. … Read More
1934 25 Years Old Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, also known as "Lady Bird", of Karnack, Texas on November 17, 1934, after he attended Georgetown University Law Center for several months. … Read More
1935 26 Years Old In 1935, he was appointed head of the Texas National Youth Administration, which enabled him to use the government to create education and job opportunities for young people. … Read More
1937 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1937, Johnson successfully campaigned in a special election for Texas's 10th congressional district, that covered Austin and the surrounding hill country. … Read More


1940 31 Years Old Johnson was appointed a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve on June 21, 1940.
1941 32 Years Old While serving as a U.S. congressman, he was called to active duty three days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. … Read More
In the spring of 1942, President Roosevelt needed his own reports on what conditions were like in the Southwest Pacific. … Read More
1948 39 Years Old In the 1948 elections, Johnson again ran for the Senate and won in a highly controversial result in a three-way Democratic Party primary. … Read More


1950 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Johnson was appointed to the Senate Armed Services Committee, and later in 1950, he helped create the Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee. … Read More
1953 - 1954 2 More Events
1955 46 Years Old A 60-cigarette-per-day smoker, Johnson suffered a near-fatal heart attack on July 2, 1955. … Read More
1956 47 Years Old Johnson's success in the Senate rendered him a potential Democratic presidential candidate; he had been the "favorite son" candidate of the Texas delegation at the Party's national convention in 1956, and appeared to be in a strong position to run for the 1960 nomination.


1959 - 1960 4 More Events
Johnson was sworn in as Vice President on January 20, 1961.
Johnson was touched by a Senate scandal in August 1963 when Bobby Baker, the Secretary to the Majority Leader of the Senate and a protégé of Johnson's, came under investigation by the Senate Rules Committee for allegations of bribery and financial malfeasance. … Read More
He resigned from the Navy Reserve effective January 18, 1964. … Read More
With the passage of the sweeping Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the country's immigration system was reformed and all national origins quotas dating from the 1920s were removed. … Read More
…  The impetus for the law's passage came from the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement, the April 4, 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil unrest across the country following King's death. … Read More
During Johnson's administration, NASA conducted the Gemini manned space program, developed the Saturn V rocket and its launch facility, and prepared to make the first manned Apollo program flights. On January 27, 1967, the nation was stunned when the entire crew of Apollo 1 was killed in a cabin fire during a spacecraft test on the launch pad, stopping Apollo in its tracks. … Read More
The results were significant—between the years of 1968 and 1980, the number of southern black elected state and federal officeholders nearly doubled. The act also made a large difference in the numbers of black elected officials nationally—in 1965, a few hundred black office-holders mushroomed to 6,000 in 1989.


…  After he left office in January 1969, Johnson returned to his Texas ranch where he died of a heart attack at age 64 on January 22, 1973. … Read More
1970 61 Years Old In March 1970, Johnson suffered an attack of angina and was taken to Brooke Army General Hospital on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. … Read More
At the time, this was also the widest popular margin in the 20th century—more than 15.95 million votes—this was later surpassed by incumbent President Nixon's victory in 1972.
With his condition now diagnosed as terminal, Johnson returned home to his ranch. At approximately 3:39pm Central Time on January 22, 1973, Johnson placed a call to the ranch's Secret Service compound complaining of "massive chest pains". … Read More
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