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Johnson, Lyndon B. (1908–1973)

LYNDON B. JOHNSON WAS one of only two persons to have held all four federal elective offices and the only one to have served as a legislative leader. Lyndon Baines Johnson was born August 27, 1908, near Stonewall, Texas, the oldest of the five children of Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr., and Rebekah (Baines) Johnson. Sam Johnson was a rancher who had served in the legislature, as had his father. In 1913, the family moved to Johnson City, where Johnson graduated from high school in 1924. Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor on November 17, 1934, in San Antonio. They had two daughters, Lynda Bird and Luci Baines. Since Johnson's wife was always known by the nickname “Lady Bird,” all four had the initials LBJ. Johnson said ...

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