Lyndon Baines Johnson

by: Connor Warren

Before Politics

  • Born in Stonewall, Texas.
  • Was the oldest of five children.
  • Went to school at Texas State University
  • Taught public speaking at Sam Houston High School.

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

Campaign Slogan

"Al the way with LBJ!"
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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.

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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.


When it was first announced that Kennedy and Johnson would be running together, many people were upset due to their contradicting views, and how Johnson had opposed Kennedy for some time. But after Kennedy was assassinated, the nation was in a state of shock and LBJ did a decent job of winning over the people through progressive social reforms. However, he lost their trust as a result of (or rather lack of) his actions and choices in Vietnam. By the time that it was time for him to run for reelection he felt that he was too detached from the American people, and chose to not pursue another term.

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.

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Would He Be Electable Today?

Lyndon B. Johnson would more than likely not be a viable president today, especially due to peculiar issues that our government is facing at this time. His falling out with the American people was based upon his failures with social reforms, understanding the federal budget, and his lack of reliability during the Vietnam War. Today the government is occupying their time trying to find a way to create a budget that will reduce the amount of spending and debt we are struggling with, as well as crusading against the idea of terrorism.