Essay The Life of Lyndon B Johnson

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After the unprecedented assassination of President John F. Kennedy, our nation was overcome with shock and grief. Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in as the next president within hours after this tragic event. Because of his leadership, he was the building block to bring the nation back together and get through the death of our beloved deceased President. Lyndon Johnson, the 36th president, also known as “LBJ”, became one of the most outspoken and controversial leaders of America. Born on August 27, 1908 in Stowell, Texas, Lyndon Johnson grew up in a financially poor family. He did not have much, but that never stopped his love for politics and teaching. In the beginning of his working life, he taught in a school for the…show more content…
About one month later President Roosevelt then ordered that all the members of Congress involved in the armed forces should report back to their offices; therefore, Johnson was released from active duty on July 16, 1942. Once his involvement in the armed forces was successfully completed, he returned to his job as representative. About six years later in 1948, LBJ was elected to the U.S Senate and later became the minority leader in 1953. He then won national attention as the Chairman of the Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services as the Korean War took place. After being re-elected to the U.S Senate for a second term, he was then elected Majority Leader of the Senate, and during his term, he served as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, Democratic Steering Committee, and Democratic Conference of the Senate. Later on that year, after suffering from a severe heart attack, he returned to his ranch to recuperate and did not return to the offices until December. Following that incident, Johnson then took part in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the vitalization of the United States space program, following the launch of the Russian satellite, Sputnik. After his participation in the space program, he was designated by President Eisenhower to find a resolution to the United Nations call for the peaceful exploration of the outer space in 1958. On July 13th, 1960, he
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