Compatriot President: Lyndon B Johnson

President Lyndon JohnsonLyndon Baines Johnson

 

36th President of the US

 

Lyndon Baines Johnson served as the 37th Vice President of the United States and became the 36th President of the United States (1963 to 1969) following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  He was born in Stonewall, TX, on August 27, 1908.  He graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1930.  With the assistance of his wife, Ladybird Johnson, he developed an extensive enterprise in farming and broadcasting.  In 1937 he entered politics being elected to the first of four terms in the US House of Representatives.  
 
Johnson was the first Congressman to enter active duty when the US entered World War II.  He was discharged as a Lieutenant Commander after four years in the Navy.
 
In 1948 Johnson was elected to the first of two terms as a US Senator.  In 1955 he became the youngest Majority Leader in history.  When President Kennedy ran for office he asked Johnson to be his Vice President.  After completing Kennedy's second term, Johnson was elected President in his own right in a landslide victory in the 1964 Presidential election.
 
Compatriot Johnson’s Revolutionary War ancestor was John Johnson who served as a soldier in the Georgia State Militia.  
 
President Johnson died of a heart attack on his ranch in Stonewall, TX, on January 22, 1973 at the age of 64.  Johnson is buried in the family cemetery now part of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Park in Stonewall, TX.
 
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library is located in Austin, TX.