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Lyndon Baines Johnson was born near Johnson City in southwestern Texas on August 27 1908 He wasnt born to a rich family so he attended public schools in Blanco Country Texas and graduated from Johnson City High School in 1924 For the first year after college Johnson taught public speaking and debate in a Houston high school In 1931 Johnson campaigned for Richard M Kleberg and was rewarded with an appointment as the new congressmans secretary During his four years as a congressional secretary he met Claudia Alta Taylor a young woman from Texas known to her family and friends as Lady Bird who later became Johnsons wife in 1934 In 1935 he spent one year at Georgetown Law School and in August and became Texas administrator of the National Youth Administration He served in the navy as a lieutenant commander during World War II and he had six terms in the House Later he became a Senator gaining a nickname Landslide Lyndon because he got tremendously many votes from Texas which is his homestate He was asked to run for the Vice Presidency during John F Kennedys presidency When JFK was assassinated LBJ took the oath of office aboard the presidential plane Air Force One at Dallas Love Field about 112 hours after Kennedy died After he took the role of president he promised he would keep the policies that Kennedy was promoting and he made his own program called the Great Society During his inauguration he said In a land of great wealth families must not live in hopeless poverty In a land rich in harvest children just must not go hungry In a land of healing miracles neighbors must not suffer and die unattended In a great land of learning and scholars young people must be taught to read and write The Great Society became Johnsons agenda for Congress in January 1965 aid to education attack on disease Medicare urban renewal
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