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Lyndon B. Johnson Biography and Facts For Kids

Not since the first President Johnson took office in 1865 has a presidency begun amid such tragedy and turmoil as Lyndon Baines Johnson’s did when he took the oath of office on November 22, 1963 aboard Air Force One.

Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969 after his service as the 37th Vice President of the United States from 1961 to 1963. He is one of four Presidents who served in all four elected Federal offices of the United States: Representative, Senator, Vice President and President. The administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson had supported a gradual escalation of American involvement in the Vietnam crisis.

After the disastrous Tet Offensive in 1968, however, Johnson and his advisors concluded that a cutback in the bombing of North Vietnam was a better course of action. As the thirty-sixth president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson created new programs in health, education, human rights, and conservation and attacked the crushing 20th-century problems of urban blight and poverty with what he called the “War on Poverty.”

Fun Facts and Trivia about Lyndon B. Johnson

When was Lyndon B. Johnson born: August 27, 1908
Where was Lyndon B. Johnson born: near Stonewall, TX
What was Lyndon B. Johnson’s job before becoming president: Military, Teacher
Who was Lyndon B. Johnson married to: Claudia Taylor Johnson
What number president was Lyndon B. Johnson: 36th
What political party did Lyndon B. Johnson belong to: Democrat
Who was Lyndon B. Johnson’s vice president: Hubert H. Humphrey
When was Lyndon B. Johnson president: 1963-1969
How many terms did Lyndon B. Johnson serve as president: less than 2
When did Lyndon B. Johnson die: January 22, 1973
How old was Lyndon B. Johnson when he died: 64
Where is Lyndon B. Johnson buried: Stonewall, Texas

Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes

  • “Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity. “
  • “I don’t believe I’ll ever get credit for anything I do in foreign affairs, no matter how successful it is, because I didn’t go to Harvard. “
  • “Every President wants to do right. “
  • “I believe the destiny of your generation – and your nation – is a rendezvous with excellence. “
  • “I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam. “
  • “A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he’s going to get sick on it. “

Timeline of the Life of Lyndon B. Johnson

1908 Born near Stonewall, Texas.
1930 Graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College.
1931 Went to Washington, D.C., as a congressional secretary.
1934 Attended Georgetown Law School
1934 Married Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor.
1935 Became National Youth administrator for Texas.
1937 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1941-1942 Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
1941 The Japanese bombed the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii.
1948 Elected to the U.S. Senate.
1950 The Korean War began.
1955 Became Senate majority leader.
1960 Elected Vice-President of the United States.
1961 The Russians built the Berlin Wall.
1963 Became the 36th President of the United States after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1964 Elected to a full term as President.
1964 “The Railroad Crisis” plunged Johnson into one of the nation’s toughest labor disputes.
1964 The Civil Rights Law was signed by Johnson.
1964 Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act.
1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1965 Johnson begins bombing of North Vietnam and increases the number of troops sent to Vietnamr.
1965 Johnson signs legislation crating Medicare and Medicaid.
1967 The 25th amendment to the Constitution is ratified providing rules of succession for the President
1968 Richard Nixon is elected the 37th President of the U.S.
1973 Died in Austin, Texas.

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

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