Ten fun facts about Lyndon B. Johnson
Johnson was born on 27 August 1908 in Stonewall, Texas and died on 22 January 1973.
Lyndon Johnson was the 37th Vice-President of the United States from 1961 till 1963.
Johnson is one of the four people to have served in all of the elected federal offices namely, Representative, Senator, Vice-President and President, of the United States.
Johnson gave lessons in public speaking and debate in a high school in Houston, Texas before he started his political career.
A group of Congressional aides named 'Little Congress' elected Johnson as their speaker and he cultivated lobbyists, newspapermen and Congressmen.
He won the highly controversial elections for Senator in 1948 in a run-off with former governor Coke Stevenson by 87 votes.
Some historians consider Johnson, the most effective senate majority leader and also describe him as the greatest intelligence gatherer Washington has ever witnessed.
John F. Kennedy named Johnson the chairman of the Presidents Ad Hoc Committee for Science and also the chairman of the National Aeronautics Space council.
Johnson was sworn in as the President at Dallas Love Field on Air Force One, on the 22nd of November in 1963.
He was responsible for America’s escalated involvement in the Vietnam war. He increased the number of American soldiers and advisors in Vietnam from sixteen thousand in 1968 to more than five hundred thousand combat troops by early 1968.
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