44 Days of Presidents: Lyndon B. Johnson
Posted On: 10/30/2016 - 4:56pm, Posted By: Christine Engels, Archives Manager, Manuscripts Department
In our series, 44 Days of Presidents, we present artifacts, documents, and connections to our local and national history from our collections that represent each of the 44 Presidents of the United States as we gear up for the 2016 Presidential election.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) began his career as a teacher in Texas before being elected to the US House of Representatives in 1937. His political career was briefly interrupted by WWII where he earned a Silver Star for his naval service in the Pacific. After the war he represented Texas in the US Senate where he became a leader in the Democratic Party. Johnson was brought onto the 1960 Democratic ticket with Kennedy in an effort to unite northern and southern Democrats at a time of growing divisions in the country. Johnson became our 36th president after JFK was assassinated in 1963. He was president at a time that saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act, an expansion of Medicare/Medicaid, the creation of Head Start and many other civil rights and anti-poverty measures dubbed the “Great Society.” It was also a time of continued civil rights protests, urban riots and protests against the expansion of the Vietnam War. In 1964 Johnson ran a successful campaign against Barry Goldwater but opted to not run again in 1968. Johnson served as president 1963-1969.
President Lyndon B. Johnson autographed portrait to Theodore Berry. Cincinnati Museum Center. Theodore M. Berry Collection. 1997.116.
Reception following the signing of the Open Housing Law and Civil Rights Act of 1968, April 11, 1968. Theodore M. Berry shaking hands with President Johnson. Cincinnati Museum Center. Theodore Berry Collection. 1997.116.
1964 Political Campaign Button