Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on August 27, 1908, to Sam and Rebekah Johnson in Gillespie County, Texas. He was raised in the small secluded town of Johnson City, without the luxuries of electricity or running water. His father, Sam, was active in politics, and served a few terms in the state House of Representatives. Johnson would overhear the political conversations of his father, which may have begun to prepare him for his future career in politics.
From the time he was very young it was clear that he was very bright. At 15, Johnson finished High School, but didn’t have much ambition to continue his education, despite pressure from his parents. Instead, he ran away to California for about a year, and did odd jobs to support himself. When he returned to Texas, he continued to defy his parents wishes for him to go to college, and took a job in road construction.
Three years after graduating high school, he finally decided to go to college, and he enrolled at Southwest Texas State Teachers College at San Marcos. It was a cheap, lower class college, but Johnson still struggled to afford the expenses. He also struggled with adapting to college level studies, and seemed to just get by with mediocre grades. He had a charismatic swagger to him and was pretty good at brown-nosing. He tried very hard to receive the approval of the staff at the college, and it worked. They knew he was going somewhere.
Financial problems caused him to take a year off from college, and he got a teaching job at a Mexican-American grade school in Cotulla, Texas. During his time there he saw how badly poverty was affecting the Mexicans, which played a large role in his legislation goals later in life. He enjoyed teaching, and had a great impact on his students.
When Johnson returned to college, he took an overload of classes in an attempt to get his degree as soon as possible. In August 1930, he received his B.S. degree in education and history....