Johnson, Lyndon B.

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  • Lyndon Baines Johnson served as the thirty-sixth president of the United States from November 22, 1963, to January 20, 1969. While president, he endeavored to create a “Great Society” by launching initiatives to address social problems such as poverty and African American civil rights. His domestic efforts were ultimately overshadowed by the Vietnam War.

    Johnson was born on August 27, 1908, in Stonewall, Texas, to Sam Ealy Johnson Jr., a farmer and state representative, and Rebekah Johnson (née Baines). He was educated at Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, where he was awarded a bachelor's degree in 1930. After briefly working as a high school teacher, Johnson joined Democratic representative Richard Kleberg's Washington, D.C., staff in 1932. In November 1934, Johnson married Claudia Alta ...

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