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President Lyndon B Johnson
Highway 290
Stonewall, Texas 78671
Voice: 830-868-7128

Our thirty-sixth president was born on August 27, 1908 in central Texas. He lived in poverty while growing up. Johnson worked his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University-San Marcos). He taught students of Mexican descent and learned compassion for the poverty of others. In 1937, Johnson became part of the House of Representatives.

In World War II, Johnson won a Sliver Star in the South Pacific after briefly serving in the Navy. Later, he served six terms in the House and was elected to Senate in 1948. In 1953, he became the youngest Minority Leader in Senate history. The following year, he became a Majority Leader. In 1960, Johnson was elected Vice President under Kennedy, and became president after Kennedy’s assassination.

The first thing Johnson did while in office was a new civil rights bill and a tax cut that Kennedy had been working on before his death. His goal was to get the Nation “to build a great society, a place where the meaning of a man’s life matches the marvels of man’s labor.” By 1964, Johnson won the presidency.

Johnson created The Great Society program for congress in January 1965. It contained an aid to education, attack on disease, a fight against poverty, control and prevention of crime, and the removal of obstacles to the right to vote. In December 1968, three astronauts successfully orbited the moon.

There were two major problems that refused to be solved. One was rioting in black ghettos, despite all the antipoverty and anti-discrimination programs. The other was Vietnam. There was controversy over the war in the United States, and fighting ceaselessly continued in Vietnam.

Lyndon B. Johnson shocked the country when he withdrew from the re-election. He left the presidential office to his Texas ranch in a quest for peace and quiet. He died of a heart attack on January 22, 1973.



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