Lyndon B. Johnson

Political Offices

What office did he seek in 1960?

Johnson’s name was mentioned as a presidential candidate in 1956, but he was named as a serious contender in 1960. He finished second to President John F. Kennedy. Some historians believe that Kennedy offered the vice-presidential slot to Johnson, realizing that he needed Johnson to help him carry several Southern states—particularly Texas. The Kennedy-Johnson ticket won a close election over Republicans Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Sr.


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