A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Johnson, Lyndon Baines

Johnson, Lyndon Baines (b. near Stonewall, Tex., 27 August 1908; d. near Johnson City, Tex., 22 January 1973) He sat in Congress (1937–41), saw combat as a navy officer in World War II, returned to the House in 1942, entered the Senate in 1948, and became majority leader in 1953. After losing the Democratic nomination for president in 1960, he became vice-presidential candidate. He succeeded John F. Kennedy as president in 1963. A master of legislative influence, he galvanized Congress into passing his program for the Great Society. He won reelection in 1964 with 61.1 percent of the ballots (the greatest popular majority ever recorded) and carried all but six states. The Vietnam War overshadowed his War on Poverty after 1964, and Johnson withdrew from the Democratic primary elections on 31 March 1968 to let Hubert Humphrey seek the presidency.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Johnson, Lyndon Baines," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed January 20, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QC5ASPPSHTGT41U.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Johnson, Lyndon Baines." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 20 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QC5ASPPSHTGT41U.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Johnson, Lyndon Baines' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 20 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QC5ASPPSHTGT41U.