Lyndon Baines Johnson
by: Connor Warren
Early Political Career
- Campaigned for Texas State Senator Welly Hopkins in his run for Congress
- Served as Richard M. Kleberg's legislative secretary
- Was appointed head of the Texas National Youth Administration
- Served terms as both a member of the House and Senate
- Became the Senate Democratic leader
- Was Vice President to JFK, and was appointed president after JFK was assassinated. Cabinet: (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_B._Johnson )
- None (1963-1965)
- Hubert H. Humphrey (1965-1969)
- Dean Rusk (1963-1969)
- Stewart L. Udall (1963-1969)
- Orville L. Freeman (1963-1969)
- Luther H. Hodges (1963-1965)
- John T. Connor (1965-1967)
- Alexander B. Trowbridge (1967-1968)
- Cyrus R. Smith (1968-1969)
- W. Willard Wirtz (1963-1969)
- Alan S. Boyd (1967-1969)
Achievements as President
- Signed the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968, which made it illegal to segregate people based on their race or origin.
- Appointed Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court.
- Was president during the first manned flight to the moon.
Failures as President
- Was a poor commander-in-chief, and damaged the war effort due to his inability to trust his military commanders.
- Formed "The Great Society" which grew the government but was doomed to fail since the budget couldn't support it, and it wasn't necessary.
- Made unjustified assumptions about the Vietnam War that caused many people to lose their lives, thus damaging his relationship and trust with the American people.
Life After Presidency
Johnson lived the rest of his life on his ranch in Texas overseeing the development of his presidential library, which opened in the University of Texas in 1971, and writing his memoirs titled "The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency" which was also completed in the same year. He died on January 22, 1973, just a day before the Paris Peace Accords had ended the Vietnam War.
Would He Be Electable Today?