From the Annals of Texas Presidents – In 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) was born at his family’s home near Stonewall. He was the first truly Texas son to become President. Dwight Eisenhower was born in Denison but otherwise had little connection to the state. LBJ rose to power representing Texas in the House of Representative and Senate. But, he probably never would have become President but for the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. LBJ’s legacy of tremendous accomplishment in civil rights and attempts to eliminate poverty were overwhelmed by the Vietnam War.