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Who Is Lyndon Johnson?

Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on the 27th of August, 1908, in Texas. He became the thirty-sixth President of the United States of America following the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy. In 1964, the electorate officially elected him as president based on the positive social changes he had implemented.

In 1931 he graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College and later entered politics through his father’s connections. He married Claudia Alta Taylor, who was affectionately known as Lady Bird. In 1937 he ran for Congress. In 1960, having been in the Senate for a while, Lyndon Johnson accepted John F Kennedy’s offer to become his election running mate and vice president.

Upon John F Kennedy’s death, Lyndon Johnson took over as President and carried out his Great Society reform agenda. Congress enacted most of his programs related to this such as the Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Other Lyndon Johnson proposals enacted by Congress include Medicare.

His policies may have been welfare and people oriented and of a caring nature but as a person, Lyndon Johnson’s personality was pale against John F Kennedy’s charisma and style. When speaking, he often times came across as a rude and very controlling authoritarian. He was crude and brash. His wife took it upon herself to soften his image, she shone as a gracious woman against his somewhat unsociable character and this helped his political career. He died in 1973 of a heart attack at the age of 64, and Lady Bird lived to be 94, dying on the 27th of July in 2007.

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