John F. Kennedy. With an eye on the presidential nomination in 1960, he attempted to cultivate his reputation among supporters as a legislative statesman; during this time he engineered the passage of two civil rights measures, in 1957 and 1960, the first such legislation in the 20th century. Johnson, in turn, envied President Kennedy’s handsome appearance and his reputation for urbanity and sophisticated charm. After graduating from high school in 1924, Johnson spent three years in a series of odd jobs before enrolling at Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) in San Marcos. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Lyndon-B-Johnson, Miller Center - Lyndon B. Johnson: Domestic Affairs, The National Wildlife Federation - Flying Fish, United States Supreme Court Media Oyez - Biography of Earl Warren, The White House - Biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson - Children's Encyclopedia (Ages 8-11), Lyndon B. Johnson - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up), presidency of the United States of America, vice president of the United States of America, National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. While on an observation mission over New Guinea, Johnson’s plane survived an attack by Japanese fighters, and Gen. Douglas MacArthur awarded Johnson the Silver Star for gallantry. His legendary knowledge of Congress went largely unused, despite Kennedy’s failure to push through his own legislative program. After Senator Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy declared their candidacies for the Democratic presidential nomination, Johnson announced that he would not seek another term and would, instead, retire. Johnson & Johnson develops consumer products, medical devices and pharmaceuticals—and McEvoy is at the helm of its global Medical Devices Companies. At the Democratic convention in 1960, Johnson lost the presidential nomination to John F. Kennedy on the first ballot, 809 votes to 409. We provide you with the technical skills & hands-on education needed to succeed. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. While pursuing his studies there in 1928–29, he took a teaching job at a predominantly Mexican American school in Cotulla, Texas, where the extreme poverty of his students made a profound impression on him. Johnson ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States Senate in a special election in 1941. At the Democratic convention in 1956, Johnson received 80 votes as a favourite-son candidate for president. Lyndon B. Johnson, in full Lyndon Baines Johnson, also called LBJ, (born August 27, 1908, Gillespie county, Texas, U.S.—died January 22, 1973, San Antonio, Texas), 36th president of the United States (1963–69). His extraordinarily slim margin of victory—87 votes out of 988,000 votes cast—earned him the nickname “Landslide Lyndon.” He remained in the Senate for 12 years, becoming Democratic whip in 1951 and minority leader in 1953. While in Washington, Johnson worked tirelessly on behalf of Kleberg’s constituents and quickly developed a thorough grasp of congressional politics. His frustration was compounded by the apparent disdain with which he was regarded by some prominent members of the Kennedy administration—including the president’s brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who later regarded LBJ, with his Texas drawl and crude, occasionally scatological sense of humour, as the “usurper” of Kennedy’s Camelot. Lyndon B. Johnson was elected vice president of the United States alongside President John F. Kennedy in 1960 and acceded to the presidency upon Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Johnson College is a private, two-year college, offering 14 degree programs. He was born on August 27, 1908, and died on January 22, 1973. By 1968, Lyndon B. Johnson knew he was unlikely to win another presidential election; his increase of American involvement in the Vietnam War, as well as rising American casualties in Vietnam, had made him deeply unpopular. During his years in the Senate, Johnson developed a talent for negotiating and reaching accommodation among divergent political factions. He was president from 1963 to 1969. During his administration he signed into law the Civil Rights Act (1964), the most comprehensive civil rights legislation since the Reconstruction era, initiated major social service programs, and bore the brunt of national opposition to his vast expansion of American involvement in the Vietnam War. Save 50% off a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. Despite Johnson’s physically imposing presence (he stood six feet three inches [nearly two metres] tall and usually weighed more than 200 pounds [more than 90 kg]), he suffered from deep-seated feelings of inferiority, which his dealings with the Kennedys—the scions of the “Eastern establishment”—seemed to make all the more acute. He then surprised many both inside and outside the party when he accepted Kennedy’s invitation to join the Democratic ticket as the vice presidential candidate. With the return of a Democratic majority in 1955, Johnson, age 46, became the youngest majority leader in that body’s history. After graduating from college in 1930, Johnson won praise as a teacher of debate and public speaking at Sam Houston High School in Houston. Those who could be trusted were part of the Johnson Family.