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He worked his way through school, participated in debate and campus politics, and edited the school newspaper, The College Star.
The college years refined his skills of persuasion and political organization.
Although unsuccessful, he accepted the invitation of then-Senator John F. They went on to win a close election over the Republican ticket of Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., and Johnson was sworn in as Vice President on January 20, 1961.
In school, Johnson was an awkward, talkative youth and was elected president of his 11th-grade class.
He graduated in 1924 from Johnson City High School, where he participated in public speaking, debate, and baseball.
At age 15, Johnson was the youngest member of his class.
Growing unease with the war stimulated a large, angry antiwar movement based especially on university campuses.
Johnson faced further troubles when summer riots broke out in most major cities after 1965, and crime rates soared, as his opponents raised demands for "law and order" policies.
The number of American military personnel in Vietnam increased dramatically, from 16,000 advisors in non-combat roles in 1963 to 525,000 in 1967, many in combat roles.