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Johnson was born on Aug 27 1908 near Johnson City Tex the eldest son ofSam Ealy Johnson Jr and Rebekah Baines Johnson His father a struggling farmer andcattle speculator in the hill country of Texas provided only an uncertain income for hisfamily Politically active Sam Johnson served five terms in the Texas legislature Hismother had varied cultural interests and placed high value on education she was fiercelyambitious for her children Johnson attended public schools in Johnson City and receiveda BS degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos He thentaught for a year in Houston before going to Washington in 1931 as secretary to ademocratic Texas congressman Richard M Kleberg During the next 4 years Johnsondeveloped a wide network of political contacts in Washington DC On Nov 17 1934he married Claudia Alta Taylor known as Lady Bird A warm intelligent ambitious woman she was a great asset to Johnsons career They had two daughters Lynda Byrdborn in 1944 and Luci Baines born in 1947 In 1933 Franklin D Roosevelt entered theWhite House Johnson greatly admired the president who named him at age 27 to headthe National Youth Administration in Texas This job which Johnson held from 1935 to 1937 entailed helping young people obtain employment and schooling It confirmedJohnsons faith in the positive potential of government and won for him a group of In 1937 Johnson sought and won a Texas seat in Congress where he championedpublic works reclamation and public power programs When war came to Europe hebacked Roosevelts efforts to aid the Allies During World War II he served a brief tourof active duty with the US Navy in the Pacific 1941-42 but returned to Capitol Hillwhen Roosevelt recalled members of Congress from active duty Johnson continued tosupport Roosevelts military and foreign-policy programs During the 1940s Johnson andhis wife developed profitable business ventures including a radio station in Texas In 1948 he ran
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