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Lyndon B. Johnson Biography

Former President of the United States
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President of the United States, 1963-1969
  • Signed the Voting Rights Act, Aug. 6, 1965
  • Signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, July 2, 1964
  • Vice-President of the United States, 1961-1963
  • Member, National Security Council
  • Chairman, National Aeronautics and Space Council,
  • Chairman, President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Chairman, Peace Corps Advisory Council
  • U.S. Senator (D-TX), 1949-1961
  • Steered through to passage the Civil Rights Act of 1957, 1957
  • 1955 – Elected Majority Leader of the Senate, served as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, Democratic Steering Committee, and Democratic Conference of the Senate, 1955
  • Elected Minority Leader of the Senate, 1953
  • Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-10th District of Texas), 1937-1949
  • Received the Silver Star from General Douglas MacArthur for gallantry in action during an aerial combat mission over hostile positions in New Guinea on June 9, 1942 [President Roosevelt ordered all members of Congress in the armed forces to return to their offices, and Johnson was released from active duty on July 16, 1942], 1941-1942
  • Appointed Lieutenant Commander in the U. S. Naval Reserve, 1940
  • Texas Director of the National Youth Administration (NYA), 1935-1937
  • BS, Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now known as Texas State University-San Marcos), 1930
  • Following a short retirement, Lyndon Johnson died at his ranch on January 22, 1973