State of the Union Address, Growing up, he felt the sting of rural poverty, working his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College now known as Texas State Universityand learning compassion for the poverty and discrimination of others when he taught students of Mexican descent in Cotulla, Texas.
See Article History Alternative Titles: A moderate Democrat and vigorous leader in the United States SenateJohnson was elected vice president in and acceded to the presidency in upon the assassination of Pres.
During his administration he signed into law the Civil Rights Actthe most comprehensive civil rights legislation since the Reconstruction era, initiated major social service programs, and bore the brunt of national opposition to his vast expansion of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America. An overview of Lyndon B. Key events in the life of Lyndon B. Early life Johnson, the first of five children, was born in a three-room house in the hills of south-central Texas to Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr.
Sam Johnson had earlier lost money in cotton speculation, and, despite his legislative career, the family often struggled to make a living. While pursuing his studies there in —29, he took a teaching job at a predominantly Mexican American school in Cotulla, Texas, where the extreme poverty of his students made a profound impression on him.
Through his later work in state politics, Johnson developed close and enduring ties to the Mexican American community in Texas—a factor that would later help the Kennedy-Johnson ticket carry Texas in the presidential election of Career in Congress After graduating from college inJohnson won praise as a teacher of debate and public speaking at Sam Houston High School in Houston.
Following two years as director of the National Youth Administration in Texas —37he ran successfully for a seat in the House as a supporter of the New Deal policies of Democratic Pres. He represented his district in the House for most of the next 12 years, interrupting his legislative duties for six months in —42 to serve as lieutenant commander in the navy—thereby becoming the first member of Congress to serve on active duty in World War II.
Johnson proudly wore the decoration in his lapel for the rest of his life. Johnson ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States Senate in a special election in Running again inhe won the Democratic primary which in Texas was tantamount to election after a vicious campaign that included vote fraud on both sides.
During his years in the Senate, Johnson developed a talent for negotiating and reaching accommodation among divergent political factions. By methods sometimes tactful but often ruthless, he transformed the Senate Democrats into a remarkably disciplined and cohesive bloc.
At the Democratic convention inJohnson received 80 votes as a favourite-son candidate for president. With an eye on the presidential nomination inhe attempted to cultivate his reputation among supporters as a legislative statesman; during this time he engineered the passage of two civil rights measures, in andthe first such legislation in the 20th century.
Vice presidency At the Democratic convention inJohnson lost the presidential nomination to John F. Kennedy on the first ballot, votes to Overcoming his disappointment at not heading the ticket himself, he campaigned energetically, and many observers felt that without his presence Kennedy could not have carried Texas, Louisiana, and the Carolinas, states that were essential to his victory over the Republican candidate, Richard M.Lyndon Baines Johnson became the 36th president of the United States on the assassination of John F.
Kennedy in November A skilled promoter of liberal domestic legislation, he was also a staunch believer in the use of military force to help achieve the country's foreign policy objectives.
Jan 22, · Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th president of the United States; he was sworn into office following the November assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Upon taking office, Johnson launched.
The Years of Lyndon Johnson is a biography of Lyndon B. Johnson by the American writer Robert Caro. Four volumes have been published, running to more than 3, pages in total, detailing Johnson's early life, education, and political career.
Lyndon Johnson 36th President, Early Life and Pre-presidency Born Lyndon Baines Johnson on August 27, in Stonewall, Texas.
Johnson was sworn in as the President of the United States. Presidency. White House photo of Johnson, Took his oath of office on November 22, in a conference room aboard Air Force One at .
In the campaign, Lyndon B. Johnson was elected Vice President as John F. Kennedy’s running mate. On November 22, , when Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson was sworn in . A timeline of the life of Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States.
LBJ Presidential Library Congressman Richard Kleberg asked Johnson to come to Washington to work as his secretary. Johnson held the job for over three years and learned how the Congress worked. John F. Kennedy was elected as the 35 th .