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Lyndon Baines Johnson: A Chronology of His Life and Career

Lyndon Johnson had spent almost 24 years in Congress, including a stint as the youngest Senate Majority Leader in U.S. history, before being elected Vice-President. As the leader of the Democratic-controlled Senate during the administration of Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Johnson was a powerful figure who shrewdly mixed the demands of party politics with a sense of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans. It was this ability that led to his being chosen as John F. Kennedy's running mate in 1960. He succeeded to the presidency upon the assassination of Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Lyndon Baines Johnson

August 27, 1908   Born near Stonewall, Texas.
~1913   Moved with his family to Johnson City, Texas.
1924   Graduated from the Johnson City High School.
1930   Graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Southwest Texas State University).
1931   Went to Washington, D.C., as a congressional secretary.
November 17, 1934   Married Claudia Alta (Lady Bird) Taylor.
1935   Became National Youth administrator for Texas.
1937   Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1941   Ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.
1941-1942   Served in the U.S. Navy.
1942   Reelected to the House.
1948 Senator Lyndon Johnson Elected to the U.S. Senate.
1951   Elected Senate Minority Whip.
1953   Elected Senate Minority Leader.
1955   Elected Senate Majority Leader.
1960   Elected Vice-President of the United States.
November 22, 1963   Became President upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1964   Elected to a full term as President.
October 8, 1965 gall bladder surgery Underwent gall bladder surgery.
June 21, 1967 Patrick Lyndon Nugent His first granchild, Patrick Lyndon Nugent was born in Houston, Texas.
1968   Announced that he would not run for reelection.
1969   His birthplace and boyhood home became the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Site.
1971   Published his memoirs, The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency, 1963-1969.
1971   The Lyndon B. Johnson Library opened at the University of Texas in Austin.
January 22, 1973   Died in San Antonio, Texas.

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