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President Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th President of the United States (1963-1969). He was the Vice President to the assassinated president, John F. Kennedy until 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy’s assassinations happened during his term.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on August 27, 1908, in Stonewall, Texas. He was one of six children of Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr. and Rebekah Baines. In 1924, young Lyndon graduated high school from Johnson City High School. Two years later, he enrolled at Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College and graduated in 1930.
- As a student teacher, he taught at Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas from 1928 to 1929. Upon graduation, Johnson taught at Pearsall High School and Sam Houston High School.
- From 1931 to 1935, Johnson worked as an aide to Congressman Richard M. Kleberg. On November 17, 1934, he married Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor, with whom he had two daughters.
- From 1935 until his resignation in 1937, he served as the director of the National Youth Administration in Texas.
- By 1937, Johnson was elected to the House of Representatives and served until 1949. His attempt to run for a seat in the Senate in 1941 was unsuccessful.
- In 1941, when the U.S. joined WWII, Johnson obtained an officer’s commission in the Naval Reserve. Furthermore, he was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to oversee progress in the Pacific. He was awarded with a Silver Star by Roosevelt.
- In 1948, he won a seat in the Senate and served until 1961. By 1960, he was chosen by the Democratic Party to be John F. Kennedy’s running mate. Both of them won the election.
- On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The assassination plot happened while he and First Lady Jacqueline were in a motorcade. After two hours, Johnson was sworn in as the President of the United States.
Lyndon B. Johnson’s Presidency
- On November 22, 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson took his oath as the 36th President of the United States in a conference room aboard
Air Force One at Love Field, Dallas, Texas.
- The President’s Commission on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, also known as the Warren Commission, was created on November 29, 1963. It was headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren. On the same day, an Executive Order was issued, renaming the Launch Operations Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Florida as the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
- In July 1964, Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act outlawing major types of discrimination based on sex, ethnicity, race, religion, and nationality.
- On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, enabling the President to pursue military actions in Vietnam without the Senate’s approval.
- The “War on Poverty” program materialized after he signed the Revenue Act and Economic Opportunity Act, both in 1964. That same year, he was elected for his first full term.
- The bombing of north Vietnam began on February 9, 1965, which marked the entrance of U.S. into the Vietnam War. After five months, more American troops were sent to Vietnam.
- It was during Johnson’s term when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed. The law provided funding for primary and secondary education, which highlighted equal access to education. In addition, the Higher Education Act was also signed in November 1965, which gave federal funds to universities as well as financial assistance to college and postgraduate students.
Post-presidency and Death
- In 1971, Johnson published his memoir entitled “The Vantage Point”. That same year, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, was opened by then-President Richard Nixon.
- By March 1970, he suffered from an angina attack and a major heart attack in April 1972. He was then diagnosed with diverticulosis, but his weak health prevented surgery.
- His last public appearance was attending the funeral of former-president Harry S. Truman on December 28, 1972.
- On January 22, 1973, Johnson died from a heart attack at his Texas ranch. A state funeral was conducted in Washington, D.C. along the U.S. Capitol, and on the 25th, his funeral service was held at the National City Christian Church. He was buried in the family cemetery in Stonewall.
- NASA renamed its Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, to Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in 1973.
President Lyndon B. Johnson Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use President Lyndon B. Johnson Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about President Lyndon B. Johnson who was the 36th President of the United States (1963-1969). He was the Vice President to the assassinated president, John F. Kennedy until 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy’s assassinations happened during his term.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Lyndon B. Johnson Facts
- Light Bulb Lyndon
- Mapping U.S. Immigrants
- NASA Facts
- The Vietnam War
- Death of JFK and LBJ Presidency
- Acts and Facts
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Cartoon Analysis
- Johnson Administration
- Let’s Vote!
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