36. Lyndon B. Johnson

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“LBJ”


Presidential Basics

  • Full name: Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Years in office: 1963–1969
  • Political party: Democratic
  • Vice president: None (term following Kennedy’s assassination); Hubert Humphrey (elected term)
  • Age at inauguration: 55
  • Nicknames: “LBJ,” “Big Daddy”

Random Trivia

  • Toothbrushes: LBJ often gave visitors to the White House an electric toothbrush.  He wanted these recipients to think of him right before they went to bed and first thing when they got up.
  • Lady Bird: LBJ proposed to Lady Bird Johnson on their first date.

Birth & Death

  • Birthday: August 27, 1908
  • Birthplace: Stonewall, Texas
  • Death: January 22, 1973
  • Place of death: Johnson City, Texas
  • Place of burial: LBJ Ranch in Johnson City, Texas
  • Last words: Unknown

Family

  • Father: Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr. (1877–1937); School teacher, farmer, state legislator
  • Mother: Rebekah Baines Johnson (1881–1958)
  • Wife: Claudia (Lady Bird) Alta Taylor (1912 – 2007)
  • Marriage: November 17, 1934 in Texas
  • Kids:  Two
    • Lynda Bird (1944–)
    • Luci Baines (1947–) 
  • Home: LBJ Ranch in Johnson City, Texas

Other Facts

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Ancestry: English
  • Religion: Disciples of Christ
  • Born in a log cabin: No
  • Owned enslaved people: No
  • Freemason: No

Education

  • Early education: Johnson City High School
  • College degree: Yes
  • College: Southwest Texas State Teachers College (1930); Georgetown University Law School

Career

 

  • Military Service: Yes
  • Lawyer: No
  • School teacher in Texas (1930–1931)
  • Rancher
  • Congressional Secretary (1931–1937)
  • Member of U.S. House of Representatives (1937–1949)
  • Officer in U.S. Navy (1941–1942)
  • Member of U.S. Senate (1949–1961)
  • Vice President: Kennedy administration (1961–1963)
  • President (1963–1969)
  • Writer

 


Writings

  • The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency, 1963 – 1969

Election

In the election of 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson faced the conservative Republican senator, Barry Goldwater.  Johnson entered the election with high approval ratings.  He had taken over the office following the assassination of JFK.

Just as in the previous election, t.v. played a role in the campaign.  The Johnson campaign created one of the most famous political commercials as of yet with a little girl pulling petals off of a daisy, counting down to a nuclear explosion.

Johnson lost some support in the south with his push for Civil Rights and integration.  Even so, he won with by a huge margin in both popular and electoral votes.  Unfortunately for Johnson, the support of the American people would not stay with him through this term.

 


Campaign Poster

36 Lbj, LBJ for the USA, poster printed by the Art Press, 1964
LBJ for the USA, poster printed by the Art Press, 1964 (Library of Congress)

 


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