Monday, September 06, 2004

Lyndon Johnson (LBJ)

Lyndon Johnson (LBJ). This is a good article which gives a brief overview of the life of President LBJ. It is from USA Presidents.

From the site:

Lyndon Baines Johnson ( August 27 , 1908 – January 22 , 1973), often referred to as LBJ , was the thirty-sixth ( 1961 - 1963 ) Vice President and the thirty-seventh ( 1963 - 1969 ) President of the United States , succeeding to the office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy .

Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in Stonewall, Texas , on August 27 , 1908 . His parents owned a farm in a poor area and they could not provide their son with many advantages. He attended public schools throughout his childhood and graduated from Johnson City High School in 1924 .

In 1927 Johnson enrolled in Southwest Texas State Teachers College . Even though he participated in debate and campus politics , edited the school newspaper , and spent a year away from his studies teaching school, Johnson somehow managed to graduate in only 312 days.

Soon after he graduated from college, Johnson taught public speaking and debate in a Houston high school . However, he soon quit his job teaching and went into the field of politics. Johnson's father had served five terms in the Texas legislature and was a close friend to one of Texas's rising political figures, Congressman Sam Rayburn . In 1931 Lyndon campaigned for Richard M. Kleberg and was later rewarded for his work in the campaign with an appointment to be the newly elected congressman's secretary.

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