Lyndon B. Johnson was a Texas Democrat who served in both houses of Congress and was Senate majority leader. He ascended to the presidency upon John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Johnson won a full term as president, defeating Barry Goldwater in 1964. His “Great Society” legislation upheld laws on civil rights, Medicaid, Medicare, public broadcasting and the environment. His “War on Poverty” helped millions rise above the poverty line. Lyndon B. Johnson was known for his domineering personality, which he used to coerce politicians to advance legislation. Johnson escalated the Vietnam conflict when Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving him unlimited power to make war. His presidency marked the peak of liberalism after the New Deal era.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
Lyndon B. Johnson was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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