Lyndon Baines Johnson “For millions of Americans I was still illegitimate, a naked man with no presidential covering, a pretender to the throne, an illegal usurper”

  • Philip Abbott
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


In terms of dux, Lyndon Baines Johnson’s position was closer to Arthur’s than Truman’s. Both took office after the assassination of younger men who had captured the imagination of the public. As vice presidents both were added to the ticket despite objections. Both were implicated with the death of their predecessor in the public’s mind.


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