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  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 - January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (1963-1969). After serving a long career in the U.S. Congress, Johnson became the 37th Vice President; in 1963, he succeeded to the presidency following President John F. Kennedy's assassination. He was a major leader of the Democratic Party and as President was responsible for the passage of key liberal legislation in many areas, including civil rights laws, Medicare, a major "War on Poverty", as well as the acceleration of the war in Vietnam. He was elected in a landslide in 1964, but his reelection bid in 1968 collapsed as a result of turmoil in his party, and he announced that he would not seek re-election. Johnson was renowned for his domineering personality and armtwisting of powerful politicians. His long-term legacy is hard to judge, as advances he made in civil rights were offset by the Vietnam War.

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