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Lyndon B Johnson was a great man He fought against racism and sexual discrimination He was a vice-president president and a senator Some people say he was the best president we have ever had Others dont like him at all Like him or dislike him either way he made a big impact on the United Sates Johnson was born on Aug 27 1908 near Johnson City Tex the eldest son of Sam Ealy Johnson Jr and Rebekah Baines Johnson His father a struggling farmer and cattle speculator in the hill country of Texas provided only an uncertain income for his family Politically active Sam Johnson served five terms in the Texas legislature His mother had varied cultural interests and placed high value on education she was fiercely ambitious for her children Johnson attended public schools in Johnson City and received a BS degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos He then taught for a year in Houston before going to Washington in 1931 as secretary to a Democratic Texas congressman Richard M Kleberg During the next 4 years Johnson developed a wide network of political contacts in Washington DC On Nov 17 1934 he 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 Byrd born in 1944 and Luci Baines born in 1947 In 1933 Franklin D Roosevelt entered the White House Johnson greatly admired the president who named him at age 27 to head the National Youth Administration in Texas This job which Johnson held from 1935 to 1937 entailed helping young people obtain employment and schooling It confirmed Johnsons
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