Lyndon Baines Johnson
Burial Location Visited Vice President Grave #
Stonewall, Texas April 19, 2012 35th Visited

On April 19, 2012 I visited Lyndon Johnson's
grave in Stonewall, Texas, which was my
38th and final presidential burial site.

Other sites on the ranch include
the Texas White House, a replica
of the president's birthplace, and
a hangar that houses several of
Johnson's automobiles.

LBJ is buried in the family cemetery on his
ranch, which was designated as the
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park
in 1980. His wife, Lady Bird Johnson,
lived there part-time until her death in

One of LBJ's favorite songs was "Raindrops
Keep Fallin' on My Head" by B. J. Thomas,
which he frequently listened to as he
drove around his property. The song is
featured on the park's audio tour CD so
visitors can enjoy the same experience.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Lyndon Johnson first began working in the government in 1931 as a secretary for a freshman congressman named Richard Kleberg. Johnson had been working as a schoolteacher and was a novice as far as the inner workings of politics were concerned. He was determined to fix that, though, and used his living situation to his advantage. Johnson roomed at Washington's Dodge Hotel, where over seventy other congressional aides were also living. On his first night at the Dodge, LBJ took four showers in the community bathroom at different times of the evening, which allowed him to meet many of his fellow aides. The next morning he brushed his teeth five different times, on each occasion asking questions to those he encountered.

* LBJ was known to exhibit certain behavior that, most assuredly, many people wished he had kept private. These practices included regularly and openly swearing and belching, as well as showing his appendectomy scar to the media on one occasion. Also, when Johnson had to leave in the middle of a conversation to go to relieve himself, it was customary for him to bring the person he was with into the bathroom with him so they could continue talking. This created awkward situations for many people including historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who was a member of the president's staff toward the end of his administration. Another person that reluctantly accompanied Johnson to the bathroom was National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, who stood facing away from Johnson in the farthest corner of the room. When LBJ beckoned him to move closer Bundy walked backwards towards him and, unable to see where he was going, nearly ended up on Johnson's lap, as the president later recalled.

* Intimidation was a tool frequently used by LBJ as a means of persuasion when he wanted something accomplished. His particular style was known as "The Johnson Treatment", where the Democrat would aggressively bombard someone, typically a politician, with demands, reminders of past favors, etc., generally right in the person's face. Johnson's big frame and close to 6'4" height made this all the more effective. His penchant for intimidating people sometimes overlapped with his love for driving around his ranch, with the two combining for some particularly frightening practical jokes. LBJ used to take guests for rides around his property, at times accelerating to 90 mph as he sipped scotch from a paper cup, much to the horror of his companions. Other times he would pretend to lose control of his vehicle, yelling that the brakes were malfunctioning and that they were going to crash into the nearby lake. Johnson's guests would scream in terror as the vehicle plunged into the water, while the president would be laughing, knowing that he was driving an amphibious car.

Second Lady: Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson

      - Spouse: Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson (m. 1934-1973)

Political Party: Democratic Party

Served Under: John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Last Words:
"Send Mike immediately!"

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