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Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, from 1963 to 1969. He was born in 1908 on a small farmhouse in central Texas and felt the pinch of rural as he grew up. He worked his way Southwest Texas State Teachers College and as a teacher in 1930. In 1937 he campaigned for the House of Representatives.

During World War II he briefly in the Navy and won a Silver Star medal in the South Pacific. He served six in the House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in 1948. In 1953, he became the Minority Leader in Senate history, and the following year, when the Democrats won , Majority Leader. His political helped a number of Eisenhower measures pass.

In the 1960 , Johnson, as John F. Kennedy's running mate, was Vice President. On November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson was sworn in as President. He continued Kennedy’s work and a new civil rights bill and a tax . He urged the nation "to build a great , a place where the meaning of man's life matches the marvels of man's labor."

In 1964, Johnson was re-elected with 61% of the and the widest winning margin in U.S. history - more than 15,000,000 votes. He passed to increase education, fight disease and poverty, and the elderly with medical care. He did not run for re-election because he wanted to on world peace during the Vietnam War. He died of a heart , aged 64, at his Texas ranch in 1973.

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