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A President from the Heart of Texas

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Lyndon B Johnson

“LBJ,” as he was affectionately referred to, was, according to many, the most powerful and influential president in the history of the United States. He was most remembered for the war of Vietnam.

1. Early Life of Lyndon B. Johnson

Senator LBJ - PInterest

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Lyndon Baines Johnson was the son of Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr., a member of the Texas legislature for eleven years. Born in Stonewall Texas, his family was not wealthy, and Johnson worked throughout his youth to help support the family. He graduated from high school in 1930, then attended Georgetown University to study law from 1934-35.

While serving as a US Representative, he joined the navy to fight in World War II. He was an observer on a bombing mission where the plane’s generator went out and they had to turn around. Some accounts said there was enemy contact while others said there was none. Despite this, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in battle.

2. Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) was the 36th U.S. President.

Johnson Swearing In

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Just two hours after John F. Kennedy was assassinated Johnson was sworn in on November 22, 1963 while aboard the plane with Jackie Kennedy by his side. He finished the remaining term of Kennedy’s and then he won the election of 1964 with 61% of the votes. That was the highest percent of the popular vote in our history

Johnson used his tremendous political influence to greatly expand the federal government, perhaps more than any previous president. The Great Society covered education, healthcare, urban renewal and redevelopment, beautification and conservation. It continued the War on Poverty, created new programs to prevent crime and delinquency, while increasing voting rights. It required the states to meet Federally designated minimum commitments.

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