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Intro At 238 PM on Nov 22 1963 Lyndon B Johnson took the oath of office as the 36th president of the United States John F Kennedy had been shot while riding in a parade through downtown Dallas Johnson was riding two cars behind Kennedy Johnson was Kennedys vice president so he immediately became president He was the fourth to be promoted to presidency by the assassination of the a president Johnsons first message to the nation was the same day as the assassination One of the most memorable lines from his speech was I will do my best That is all I can do I ask for your help and Gods His Beginnings Johnsons father was Samuel Ealy Johnson Jr He was a farmer and schoolteacher Both his father and his grandfather were in the Texas house of Representatives Johnsons mother was Rebekah Baines Johnson Johnson had a background in government and also in the Baptist church Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on Aug 27 1908 on a farm near Stonewall Texas He was the oldest of five children He had three sisters and a brother When Lyndon was five the family moved to Johnson City To help earn money he shined shoes in the towns only barber shop and herded goats for the local ranchers He finished high school in 1924 and with a group of friends he worked his way to California He earned money doing odd jobs but he barely made enough to feed himself After awhile he became severely homesick and hungry so he hitchhiked back to Johnson City and took a job doing road construction Soon he realized that a higher education would be needed if he wanted to have a better life Johnson went to college at Southwest Texas State Teachers College Johnson got his degree in 1930 Then he taught public speaking and debate at a Houston high school for two years Politics
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