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Johnson, Lyndon Baines

(1908-73) The 36th president of the USA. Democratic congressman and senator for Texas, he was elected John F. Kennedy's vice-president in 1960. He became president after Kennedy's assassination (1963) and was elected to a full term in 1964. Johnson's 'Great Society' legislation included civil rights laws, the 1965 Education Act, and medical care for the elderly ('Medicare'). Unpopular for increasing American involvement in the Vietnam War, he declined to run again in 1968.

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