The Presidents of the USA

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Lyndon Johnson
1963-1969


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Lyndon Baines Johnson
 

birthplace

Stonewall, TX

birthday

August 27

Life

1908-1973

age

OFC:55 , d. 65

party

Democratic

presidency highlights

Vietnam War — War on Poverty

nickname:

LBJ, Light-Bulb Lyndon

vice-president:

none (1963-1965), Hubert Humphrey (1965-1969)
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previous office

37th Vice President of USA

key background fact:

Vice President; became president after Kennedy’s assassination

occupation

Teacher, Public Official

military service

Commander - U.S. Navy (Naval Reserve) - WW II (South Pacific)

children

2:     2 girls

wife:

Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor (1934)

height

6' 3'' / 1.91 m

higher education

Texas State, Georgetown

religion

Disciples of Christ

 

quote

"Doing what’s right isn’t the problem. It is knowing what’s right."

actions & events

  • 1964 The Civil Rights Act
  • 1964 Great Society & War on Poverty programs
  • 1963-65 Miranda case
  •  Urban riots / antiwar riots
  • 1968 M. Luther King killed

economy

  • 1964 Revenue Act & Economic Opportunity Act
  •  Head Start, food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid programs

foreign affairs

  • 1968 Paris Peace Talks

military activity

  • 1965 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution - president gets blank check in Vietnam
  •  Escalation of Vietnam War 500,000 troops deployed

unique facts

  • The first president to be sworn in on an airplane and the first by a woman
  • Appointed the first African-American to the Supreme Court.

interesting

Was an auto mechanic and teacher before going into politics. The entire family had the initials, LBJ. (wife and daughters). He used to go through the White House at night turning lights off.

military activity

  • 1965 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution - president gets blank check in Vietnam
  •  Escalation of Vietnam War 500,000 troops deployed

Legacy

Passed his Great Society domestic programs and pushed "War on Poverty". He escalated U.S. involvement in Vietnam, sending more than 500,000 troops to fight. He left US deeply divided.

Vietnam War

Vietnam War