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81. Lyndon B. Johnson: 36th President of the U.S.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th president of
United States of America. He took office on
22, 1963, after one of the darkest incidents
the history of the country, the day President
Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. When Johnson was sworn
, he pledged to continue President Kennedy's policies that
civil rights legislation, and education reform. He was
in November 1964 by the largest popular vote
the history of the country. Although eligible to
for reelection in 1968, Johnson declined.
, Texas on August 27, 1908, Johnson lived in
small farmhouse in a rural setting. He was
talkative youth who was a bit awkward by
accounts, but that did not stop him from
for office. He was elected his 11th grade
president, and by the time he graduated from,
is now called, Texas State University, he was
polished politician. His presidency was driven by his
of the "Great Society," which is what he
to transform the United States into.
signed into law the Civil Rights Bill that
every American's right to vote, guaranteed access to
accommodations, and withheld federal funds for programs that
discriminatory practices. During his presidency, the country saw
marked increase in the economy. More people were
employed in the United States primarily because of
Economic Opportunity Act.
His presidency was not without
though. He escalated the United States involvement in
Asia. This increase sparked an unprecedented response from
American people who opposed the war. Demonstrations that
violent confrontations between American citizens and government authorities
the country. This tainted an otherwise successful run