Lyndon Baines Johnson (also known as LBJ) was the 36th President of the United States, serving from 1963-1969. He died of a heart attack at his ranch on January 22, 1973 at the age of 64.
LBJ was born in Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1908. He began his political career as a representative of the state ofTexasand worked his way up to President of theUnited States. Johnson is one of only four politicians to have served in all four elected federal offices: US Representative, Senator, Vice President, and President.
In the 1960 election, John F. Kennedy selected LBJ as his running mate. When JFK was assassinated in 1963, Johnson assumed the position of President, finishing JFK’s term. He was then reelected as President in 1964.
LBJ is most known for his “Great Society” legislation that supported the civil rights movement, Medicare and Medicaid, environmental protection, and the War on Poverty. He also heightened the presence of American troops in Vietnam, which caused major anti-war protests across the nation.