Lyndon B. Johnson. Lyndon B. Johnson, LBJ, was the thirty-sixth President of the United States of America. LBJ was the Vice President when President Kennedy was assassinated thereby succeeding JFK to the Presidency. He was reelected in 1964. He served as President from November 22, 1963 until January 20, 1969.
Lyndon B. Johnson was President during a very difficult and volatile time in U.S. history. The Vietnam war was ongoing and there were riots and civil unrest throughout the United States. “Doves”, people against war, and “Hawks”, people supporting the country’s involvement in Vietnam, were dividing the country. LBJ’s “Great Society” legislation supported urban and rural development, civil rights, education, the arts, public services such as health, and public broadcasting. He enacted a “War on Poverty”. Millions of people rose above the poverty line and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 reformed the country’s immigration system. America’s role in the Vietnam War escalated.
LBJ was born in Stonewall, Texas in 1908. He was the oldest of five children. He was 15 when he graduated from high school. He attended Texas State University and graduated in 1930 becoming a teacher. After teaching, he entered politics. He worked his way to becoming a United States Representative, Senator, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, and Senate Majority Whip. Over these years he also married Lady Bird Taylor and had two daughters. He served in the United States Navy from 1941 until 1942. He was a lieutenant Commander and was in World War II.
LBJ returned to his ranch in Texas following his presidency. Despite the war and trouble that occurred in the United States, his years in office are seen as moderately successful when historians rank Presidents. His domestic policies, passing laws related to civil rights, gun control, Social Security, wilderness preservation, and other major issues all are counted in his favor. He was awarded the Silver Star for his heroics during World War II and posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Lyndon B. Johnson was seen as someone with a strong personality. His personality and intelligence did a lot for the United States of America. Tributes are named in his honor. Schools, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, and other places in the U.S. and American Samoa honor this President. Be inspired! Have a bright day!