Lyndon Baines Johnson succeeded to the presidency upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He had served as the youngest Democratic Majority Leader in the United States Senate. He was extremely influential in the Senate. During his time in office, major Civil Rights legislation was passed. In addition, the Vietnam War escalated.
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August 27, 1908
January 22, 1973
Term of Office
November 22, 1963 - January 20, 1969
Number of Terms Elected
1 Term; Completed Kennedy's term of office after his assassination and then was elected again in 1964
Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor - While serving as First Lady, she advocated beautifying America's highways and cities.
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Lyndon B Johnson Quote
"Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I'm going to Vietnam's aid."
Major Events While in Office
- Vietnam Conflict Continues (1963 - 1969)
- Civil Rights Act (1964)
- Twenty-Fourth Amendment ratified outlawing the poll tax (1964)
- Medicare and Medicaid (1965)
- Twenty-Fifth Amendment ratified concerning the order of succession for the presidency (1967)
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated (1968)
- Robert Kennedy assassinated (1968)
- Pueblo Incident (1968)
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