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Lyndon Baines Johnson Lyndon B Johnson was born on August 27 1908 in Texas with rural background He felt the pinch of rural poverty as he grew up working his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College Johnson learned compassion for the poverty of others when he taught students of Mexican descent Johnson was one of the most masterful politicians in history of the Congress of the United States He was a champion of bipartisan and consensus politics His positions on public issues were always in line with what be believed to be the middle ground of popular opinion He excels in getting things done Before he became president he was a Congressman Senate leader and a vice president Lyndon B Johnson became the 36th President of the United States He was the first candidate from a southern state to be elected president of the United States for more than a century He became president on November 22 1963 hours after the assassination of President John F Kennedy In 1964 the largest popular majority in modern history elected Johnson to a full four-year term His triumph represented a victory for the average voter in US politics Three major achievements President Johnson had was the plan of the Great Society voting rights act of 1965 and the war on poverty The Great Society program was quickly passed by congress Which pass the Medicare program which provided health services to the elderly approving federal aid to elementary and secondary education and creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development The voting rights act of 1965 was to ensure minority registration and voting The law suspended use of literacy or other voter qualification tests that had sometimes served to keep blacks of voting lists and provided for federal court lawsuits to stop discriminatory poll taxes The war on poverty was a plan Kennedy wanted Johnson
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