He graduated in 1924 from Johnson City High School, where he participated in public speaking, debate, and baseball.At age 15, Johnson was the youngest member of his class.In his later years the grandfather became a Christadelphian; Johnson's father also joined the Christadelphian Church toward the end of his life.In school, Johnson was an awkward, talkative youth and was elected president of his 11th-grade class.As a leader in the Senate, Johnson became known for his domineering personality and the "Johnson treatment", his aggressive coercion of powerful politicians to advance legislation.Johnson ran for the Democratic nomination in the 1960 presidential election.Although unsuccessful, he accepted the invitation of then-Senator John F. They went on to win a close election over the Republican ticket of Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., and Johnson was sworn in as Vice President on January 20, 1961.
The college years refined his skills of persuasion and political organization.
Johnson is ranked favorably by many historians because of his domestic policies and the passage of many major laws that affected civil rights, gun control, wilderness preservation, and Social Security, although he has also drawn substantial criticism for his handling of the Vietnam War.
He was maternally descended from pioneer Baptist clergyman George Washington Baines, who pastored eight churches in Texas, as well as others in Arkansas and Louisiana.
In foreign policy, Johnson escalated American involvement in the Vietnam War.
In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which granted Johnson the power to use military force in Southeast Asia without having to ask for an official declaration of war.