- NAME: Lyndon B. Johnson
- OCCUPATION: U.S. President, U.S. Vice President
- BIRTH DATE: August 27, 1908
- DEATH DATE: January 22, 1973
- EDUCATION: Southwest Texas State Teachers College (Texas State University), Johnson City High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Stonewall, Texas
- PLACE OF DEATH: Stonewall, Texas
- Full Name: Lyndon Baines Johnson
- AKA: Lyndon Johnson
- Nickname: "Bull Johnson"
- Nickname: "Landslide Lyndon"
- Nickname: "Light Bulb Lyndon"
- AKA: LBJ
- AKA: Lyndon B. Johnson
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Lyndon B. Johnson was elected vice president of the U.S. in 1960 and became the 36th president in 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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After spending time teaching impoverished Mexican-American immigrants on the border of Texas and Mexico, Lyndon B. Johnson was inspired to bring an end to poverty.
In 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to the post of Solicitor General, forging a strong relationship between Marshall and the President.
In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court.
On March 7, 1965 around 600 people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in an attempt to begin the Selma to Montgomery march. State troopers violently attacked the peaceful demonstrators in an attempt to stop the march for voting rights.
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Criticism surrounded his administration's handling of the war found in the nation's media, and anti-war protests had begun to spring up on college campuses and major cities. By 1968, more than 500,000 U.S. troops were in Vietnam, and there seemed to be no end in sight. As the next election campaign geared up, Democrats were split into four factions, each despising the other three, and Johnson had lost control of his party. His approval rating plummeted to 36 percent. On March 31, 1968,
Johnson shocked the nation by announcing that he would not seek re-election.
When Johnson left office in January 1969, peace talks in Vietnam were under way, but it would take another four years before the United States was completely out of Vietnam.
Johnson died suddenly of a heart attack at his Texas ranch on January 22, 1973. The day before his death, he had learned that peace was at hand in Vietnam.
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