Johnson was born in Texas in 1908 and died in San Antonio in 1973. He became interested in politics at an early age, and joined the House of Representatives in 1937. In 1948 he was appointed to Senate, and soon became leader of the Democrats. From 1961 to 1963 he was Vice President under John F. Kennedy, and was sworn in as 36th President of the USA on 22 November 1963 after Kennedy’s assassination. In 1968 Johnson turned down a further term in office, and resigned in 1969.