Wednesday, August 27, 2014



Stonewall, Texas (JFK+50) The future 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was born 106 years ago today, August 27, 1908, here in Stonewall.

Lyndon was the first child of Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr. and Rebekah Baines Johnson.  Samuel Johnson was a farmer and teacher and also served in the Texas House of Representatives.  Rebekah had also been a schoolteacher.

LBJ's grandfather, Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr., predicted on the day his grandson was born that Lyndon would one day be a United States Senator.

When he was 5 years old, the family moved to nearby Johnson City, the town named after his grandfather.  After high school, he attended SW Texas State Teachers College located in San Marcos.

Before graduation, LBJ taught in Cortulla, Texas for a year and after graduation was a public speaking and debate teacher at Sam Houston High School in Houston, Texas.

LBJ at Home in Stonewall, Texas
LBJ Library Photo (1915)

*Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1930.  He served as a congressional secretary before being appointed director of the National Youth Administration by FDR in 1935.

LBJ was elected to Congress in 1937 and the US Senate in 1948.  He was Senate Majority leader from 1955-1961, Vice-President 1961-1963 and POTUS 1963-1969.


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 52 years ago today, August 27, 1962, the United States House of Representatives voted for a constitutional amendment which would forbid the poll tax as a prerequisite to vote in federal elections.

At that time, 5 states required a poll tax.  They included Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia.

The vote in favor of the amendment was 295 to 86.

President John F. Kennedy expressed approval for the vote.  The President said...

"This culminates a legislative effort of many years to bring about the end of this artificial bar to the right to vote in some of our states.

Receipt for Poll Tax Payment


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-one years ago today, August 27, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke to about 5000 students who were in the Nation's Capital attending a government seminar. 

The President, who spoke on the South Lawn at the White House, urged the students to pursue a career in government service. 

 JFK said that, in his opinion, it would be a career that would offer them "happiness" as defined by the Greeks as...

"the full use of your powers along lines of excellence."