The 10 Most Influential U.S. Presidents Of All Time

8.  Lyndon B. Johnson: In Office November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969

The 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson first took office as commander in chief following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. Johnson was re-elected after finishing out the later part Kennedy’s term, though he ultimately chose not to run again after his last four years in office. During his tenure, Johnson introduced his Great Society and the War on Poverty initiatives. He also successfully passed both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. However, for all of the positive aspects of his presidency, Johnson will ultimately be remembered for his failures over the Vietnam War. By increasing American military involvement in the Asian conflict, Johnson polarized American citizens who questioned the necessity of American involvement in the war in the first place. To his detriment, it was the Vietnam War that came to define his legacy as President.
8.  Lyndon B. Johnson: In Office November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969