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Lyndon B. Johnson: A Presidential Unit

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States of America. LBJ, as he was often called, was also called "Light Bulb Johnson" because he went around the White House shutting off the lights because he claimed he didn't want to waste taxpayers' money.

Political Party: Democratic
Years Served: 1963 - 1969
Vice President(s): Hubert H. Humphrey
Name of his parents: Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr. and Rebekah Baines
Wife's name: Claudia "Lady Bird" Alta Taylor (1912- ), on November 17, 1934
Yearly Salary as President: $100,000/year + $50,000 expense account
Physical Stature: 6 feet, 3 inches
State of Birth: Texas


LBJ caught the "political bug" early. As a young boy he would go along on the campaigns of his father who was a state legislator in Texas.

Johnson, an acknowledged great politician, accumlated many friends in his 24 years in Congress who could help him get things done. When he became president upon JFK's assassination, he continued Kennedy's programs. He also pushed Congress to pass environmental laws.

Despite all of the good things LBJ attempted to accomplish, he became unpopular by getting the USA further involved in the war in Southeast Asia. Because of this, even though he was technically still in a position to run for a second full term as president, he chose not to run.

On Line Lesson Plans:

LBJ from TeacherVision
LBJ
Presidential Thinkquest


Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Herbert Hoover from Enchanted Learning


On Line Resources:

http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/lj36.html
http://gi.grolier.com/presidents/ea/bios/36pjohn.html
http://gi.grolier.com/presidents/aae/bios/36pjohn.html
http://www.nps.gov/lyjo/
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/character/essays/johnson.html
http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres57.html
http://www.americanpresidents.org/presidents/president.asp?PresidentNumber=35
http://www.libraryreference.org/johnson.html


Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the Johnson children? [Answer: Lynda Bird Johnson (1944- ); Luci Baines Johnson (1947- )]

2. What other political positions did LBJ hold? [Answer: Congressional Secretary, 1931-37 Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1937-49; United States Senator, 1949-61; Vice President, 1961-63 (under Kennedy) ].



Of Note:

Every member of the Johnson family had the initials LBJ: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, Luci Baines Johnson. When they got a dog they named it Little Beagle Johnson.

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