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Profile of the Day: Lyndon B. Johnson

On this day in 1908, Lyndon B. Johnson was born. Elected as Vice President in 1960, Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Profile of the Day: Lyndon B. Johnson

Image: Lyndon B. Johnson / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in a small farmhouse on August 27, 1908 near Johnson City, Texas. He was the first of five children born to Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr., a farmer and state legislator, and Rebekah Baines. His father would severe five terms in the Texas House of Representatives after succeeding Johnson’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Wilson Baines, in 1905. With family serving in public office, it was of no surprise that Johnson would also enter the world of politics.

In 1960, Johnson entered the office of the Vice President of the United States. Three years later on November 22, 1963, he would be sworn in as the 36th President of the United States on board Air Force One after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. During his presidency, Johnson made sweeping changes in civil rights, healthcare, and education.

Johnson died on January 22, 1973 at the age of 64.

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