Lyndon B Johnson Short Biography

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Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1908. His family had settled in Texas before the Civil War. Lyndon B. Johnson was the oldest of his siblings. The nearby town of Johnson City was named after the Johnson’s family, because they were very successful in farming and ranching. Lyndon’s father was a rancher and part-time politician. His father wasn 't such of a great rancher and ran into financial problems, thus resulting in losing the family ranch when Lyndon was in his early teens. Lyndon B. Johnson wasn 't a very good student. Even though he struggled throughout grade school, he graduated from Johnson City High School on May 24, 1924, which made him only sixteen years old. He decided to foresee higher education…show more content…
He was appointed to the House Committee on Naval Affairs at the request of President Roosevelt. Johnson was infatuated with Franklin Roosevelt and became obsessed with his liberal reforms. During Johnson’s presidency, he would look constantly back upon the Roosevelt administration and used it as a model. The bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 Johnson became the first member of Congress that volunteered for active duty in the armed forces (U.S. Navy), reporting for active duty on December 9, 1941. Even though Johnson was a political man he served on a tour over the South Pacific and one combat mission. Johnson received a Silver medal for his participation. President Roosevelt help Lyndon Johnson win a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander. A few years after hard and denervation Lyndon B. Johnson was elected as senator for Texas in 1948. Johnson ran for the rest of the remaining term of Senator Morris Sheppard after his death. Even after a never ending campaign in which Johnson by helicopter all over the state of Texas, he still lost race to a Republican W. Lee "Pappy" O’Donnell by 1,311 votes on June 28th. Johnson won the primary by 87 votes and earned the nickname "Landslide Lyndon." In the general election, November 2, he defeated the Republican, Jack Porter, and was elected to the U. S. Senate. He soon became the youngest minority leader in Senate history in 1953. Later Johnson was nominated for President at the Democratic National Convention as a favorite son
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