Lyndon B. Johnson
Wife: Claudia "Lady Bird" Alta Taylor
(1912- ), on November 17, 1934
Kids: Lynda Bird Johnson (1944- ); Luci Baines
Johnson (1947- )
Pets: Him and Her, beagles; Freckles, a beagle
(Him's pup); Blanco, a collie; Edgar, a mutt (née
J. Edgar); Yuki, a mutt; hamsters and lovebirds
Bio: Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President
of the United States. He was born August 27, 1908, near
Johnson City, Texas. Johnson graduated from Southwest
State Teachers College in San Marcos, Texas, with a
bachelor of science degree.
By 1931, after a few years of teaching Johnson was drawn
to politics. He went to Washington, D.C., as secretary
to a Texas congressman. On November 17, 1934, he married
Claudia Taylor. In 1937, the congressman from Texas's
Tenth District died suddenly and with campaign funds
drawn from his wifes inheritance money, he waged
a campaign based on his staunch support of FDR. Amazingly,
the 28-year-old Johnson won the eight-way race.
This drew attention from the President who became his
friend and mentor in the coming years. In December of
1941, Johnson became the first member of Congress to
enter active military duty. He joined the Navy and in
1942 received the Silver Star for gallantry.
In 1948, he defeated a former governor of Texas in a
US senate race by a margin of 87 votes. Although Johnson
planned on running against Kennedy in the 1960 election,
Kennedy surprised everyone by choosing Johnson as his
vice-presidential running mate. He had many duties as
V-P including managing the "space race."
On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated
in Dallas. The next day, on Air Force One at Love Field
in Dallas, Johnson took the presidential oath of office
. His administrative reign was marked by enormous amounts
of liberal legislation as well as the escalating war
in Vietnam. He was re-elected in 1964 although he was
both hated and loved.
Johnson retired to his ranch near San Antonio to deal
with a serious heart condition. On the afternoon of
January 22, 1973, Johnson suffered a heart attack while
lying down to take a nap.