My history hero: Lyndon Johnson (1908–73)

"He really understood politics. He was constantly trying to cobble together compromises that would deliver votes to push through legislation. He was the most amazing modern politician": Jeremy Vine tells York Membery why Lyndon Johnson is his history hero...

Lyndon B Johnson, the 36th president of the United States. (Photo by Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the June 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Lyndon Johnson, also known as LBJ, was the 36th president of the United States, in office from 1963–69. The Texan assumed the presidency on John F Kennedy’s assassination, and went on to win a landslide victory over the Republicans in the 1964 election. Johnson’s presidency saw the introduction of his ‘Great Society’ legislation, aimed at attacking poverty and outlawing racial discrimination. But his popularity nose-dived after he escalated US involvement in the Vietnam War, and he decided not to seek the Democratic US presidential nomination in 1968. He died of a heart attack aged 64.

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