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|Lyndon Baines Johnson
36th President of the United States
Born: August 27, 1908, near Johnson City, Texas
Father: Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr.
Mother: Rebekah Baines Johnson
Married: Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson (1912-2007), on November 17, 1934
Children: Lynda Bird Johnson (1944- ); Luci Baines Johnson (1947- )
Religion: Disciples of Christ
Education: Graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (1930) (now known as Texas State University-San Marcos)
Occupation: Teacher, public official
Political Party: Democrat
Other Government Positions:
- Congressional Secretary, 1931-37
- Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1937-49
- United States Senator, 1949-61
- Vice President, 1961-63 (under Kennedy)
Presidential Salary: $100,000/year + $50,000 expense account
|Year||Popular Votes||Electoral Votes|
|1964||Lyndon B. Johnson||43,129,566||486|
|Barry M. Goldwater||27,178,188||52|
Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey (1965-69)
- Secretary of State
- Dean Rusk (1963-69)
- Secretary of the Treasury
- C. Douglas Dillon (1963-65)
- Henry H. Fowler (1965-68)
- Joseph W. Barr (1968-69)
- Secretary of Defense
- Robert S. McNamara (1963-68)
- Clark M. Clifford (1968-69)
- Attorney General
- Robert F. Kennedy (1963-65)
- Nicholas Katzenbach (1965-67)
- Ramsey Clark (1967-69)
- Postmaster General
- John A. Gronouski (1963-65)
- Lawrence F. O’Brien (1965-68)
- W. Marvin Watson (1968-69)
- Secretary of the Interior
- Stewart L. Udall (1963-69)
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Orville L. Freeman (1963-69)
- Secretary of Commerce
- Luther H. Hodges (1963-65)
- John T. Connor (1965-67)
- Alexander B. Trowbridge (1967-68)
- Cyrus R. Smith (1968-69)
- Secretary of Labor
- W. Willard Wirtz (1963-69)
- Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
- Anthony J. Celebrezze (1963-65)
- John W. Gardner (1965-68)
- Wilbur J. Cohen (1968-69)
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Robert C. Weaver (1966-69)
- Robert C. Wood (1969)
- Secretary of Transportation
- Alan S. Boyd (1967-69)
Supreme Court Appointments:
- The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gives the President permission to take “all necessary measures” to repel any armed attack against the United States in North Vietnam.
- The U.S. becomes increasingly involved in the Vietnam war; 180,000 troops are deployed by the end of the year.
- The Voting Rights Act is passed, overriding voting restrictions on African-Americans at state and local levels.
- President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title VIII, also known as the Fair Housing Act.
- Lyndon B. Johnson — from The Presidents of the United States of America
- Compiled by the White House.
- Lyndon B. Johnson — from American Presidents: Life Portraits — C-SPAN
- Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN’s 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
- Lyndon B. Johnson — from U.S. Presidents
- From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
- Lyndon B. Johnson — from Character Above All
- From a PBS broadcast of the same name, this essay excerpt by Robert Dallek discusses some of the issues and events that molded Johnson.
- From a 1969 State of the Union message delivered to a joint session of Congress. (0:52)
- MP3 (410K)
- From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University.
- Audio & Video
- The American Presidency Project’s Presidential Audio/Video Archive for Lyndon B. Johnson site
- LBJ Presidential Library
- The site for the Johnson archives, exhibits, and events. Tour information also available.
- Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
- Located in “the heart of Johnson country”, this park provides camping, fishing, history and more. Visitor information and directions are available.
- President Johnson was elected to, and served, in all federal government offices that are decided via elections – Representative, Senator, Vice President and President.
- When the US entered World War II, he was appointed Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve. He was also awarded a Silver Star for his service.
- LBJ was a heavy smoker, at one time going through 60 cigarettes in a day. This habit was one of the main contributors to his death by heart attack at his Texas ranch at the age of 64.
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