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Lyndon B. Johnson (1908)close

The 36th US President, Lyndon Johnson was born in Stonewall, Texas. Prior to becoming President, Johnson had served in World War II, and served six terms in the House of Representatives. In 1948 he was elected to the Senate, and in 1953 became the youngest Minority Leader in history. When the Democrats gained control of the Senate, he became Majority leader. He served as Vice-President under John F. Kennedy, and then was elevated to the Presidency after the assassination of Kennedy. He successfully ran for President in the next election and is credited with initiating a program of social reforms he called the Great Society.

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