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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1961!

Lyndon Baines Johnson:

Born:
  • August 27, 1908
  • Johnson City, Texas
  • Son of Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr. and Rebekah Baines Johnson

Died:

  • January 22, 1973
Lyndon B. Johnson during his Presidency
Family:
  • November 17, 1934, he married Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor
  • Daughter: Lynda Byrd, born in 1944
  • Daughter: Luci Baines, born in 1947

Major Events:

  • Received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos
  • 1931 began service as secretary to a Democratic Texas congressman, Richard M. Kleberg
  • 1935 named by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to head the National Youth Administration in Texas
  • 1937 sought and won a Texas seat in Congress
  • 1941-1942 served a brief tour of active duty with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific
  • 1948 he ran for the U.S. Senate, winning the Democratic party primary by only 87 votes
  • 1953 he won the job of Senate Democratic leader
  • 1960 the Presidential nomination went to Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Kennedy, a northern Roman Catholic, then selected Johnson as his running mate to balance the Democratic ticket
  • November 22, 1963, immediately following the assassination of President Kennedy, elevated Johnson to the first seat in the White House as Johnson took the oath of office of President of the United States aboard Air Force One on the return flight from Dallas, Texas, to Washington DC
  • 1964 he won his first full term as President which gave him a mandate for the Great Society, as he called his domestic program. Congress responded by passing the MEDICARE program, which provided health services to the elderly, approving federal aid to elementary and secondary education, supplementing the War on Poverty, and creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • 1968 found the anti-war candidate Eugene McCarthy made a strong showing, revealed the dwindling of Johnson's support. Some of Johnson's closest advisors now began to counsel a de-escalation policy in Vietnam. Confronted by mounting opposition, Johnson made two surprise announcements on Mar. 31, 1968: he would stop the bombing in most of North Vietnam and seek a negotiated end to the war, and he would not run for re-election.

Writings:

  • 1971 The Vantage Point
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