Happy Birthday, President Lyndon Johnson ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Today in American historyโ€ฆLyndon Baines Johnson, our 36th US President, was born on August 27, 1908 on a farm near Stonewall, Texas.

A few of his lifetime accomplishments were:

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Served in the House of Representatives while representing Texasโ€™ 10th Congressional district from April 10, 1937 – January 3, 1949

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Appointed as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserves in 1940. In addition to receiving the Silver Star, he also received the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal while on active duty.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Elected as a US Senator from Texas in 1948.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Elected as the Senate Majority Whip in 1951.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Elected as the Senate Minority Leader in 1953.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Elected as the Senate Majority Leader in 1954.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Elected as Vice President of the United States in 1960.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sworn in as our 36th President on November 22, 1963 and won election to the Presidency in 1964.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Advocated for and was able to sign The Civil Rights Act of 1964. This outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and later sexual orientation and gender identity.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ In 1965, he advocated for and signed the second civil rights bill which was called the Voting Rights Act which outlawed discrimination in voting and allowed millions of southern African Americans to vote for the first time.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ In 1967, President Johnson nominated civil rights attorney, Thurgood Marshall, to be the first African-American justice of the US Supreme Court

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ In 1968, Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. This provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin.

Photo from LBJ Library

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