U.S. Presidents / Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson

1908 - 1973

Lyndon B. Johnson

We believe that all men have certain unalienable rights. Yet many Americans do not enjoy those rights. We believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings—not because of their own failures, but because of the color of their skin. Remarks upon Signing the Civil Rights Bill

Overview

On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. The event thrust Lyndon Johnson into the presidency. A man widely considered to be one of the most expert and brilliant politicians of his time, Johnson would leave office a little more than five years later as one of the least popular Presidents in American history. The man who had risen from the poor Hill Country of Texas to become the acknowledged leader of the United States Senate and occupant of the Oval Office would return to Texas demoralized and discredited. He died four years later, a few hundred feet from the place of his birth.

Fast Facts

Lyndon Baines Johnson
Johnson City, Texas
Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University-San Marcos), graduated 1930; Georgetown Law School, attended 1934
Disciples of Christ
Teacher, Public Official
Democrat
“LBJ”
November 17, 1934, to Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor (1912–2007)
Lynda Bird (1944– ); Luci Baines (1947– )
36
Near Johnson City, Texas
Kent Germany

Chicago Style

Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. “Lyndon B. Johnson.” Accessed September 25, 2018. https://www.millercenter.org/president/lbjohnson.

Associate Professor of History

Kent Germany

Kent Germany is an associate professor of history and African American studies at the University of South Carolina and a nonresident research fellow at the Miller Center