Tragedy and Transition
On November 22, 1963, Lyndon Baines Johnson became the 36th President of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. He was sworn in aboard Air Force One at 2:38 PM. This site contains selected items from the LBJ Presidential Library related to the Kennedy/Johnson trip to Texas--what was supposed to happen and what did happen--and the anxious days following LBJ's return to Washington.
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Did You Know…
Mrs. Johnson was the first President’s wife to hold the Bible at the swearing-in ceremony. The Bible was the one given to LBJ and Lady Bird by LBJ’s mother, Rebekah Baines Johnson, in 1952. It was the same Bible LBJ used to be sworn in as Vice-President under John F. Kennedy. This tradition of the First Lady holding a family Bible has continued to the present. Read many more Inauguration "firsts" here.