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Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr.

Birthplace: Buda, Hays County, Texas, United States
Death: October 22, 1937 (60)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: Stonewall, Gillespie, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr (CSA) and Eliza Jane Johnson
Husband of Rebekah Johnson
Father of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States; Rebekah Luruth Bobbitt; Josefa Hermine Moss; Sam Houston Johnson and Lucia Huffman Alexander
Brother of Ava Lee Johnson

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About Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr.

Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr., legislator and father of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the son of Eliza (Bunton) and Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr., was born at Buda, Texas, on October 11, 1877. He moved with his parents to Gillespie County, where he attended school at Johnson City. Although forced to leave school at an early age, he passed the teacher's examination and was awarded a teaching certification. He taught school in 1896 at White Oak School in Sandy and later at Rocky School near Hye.

In 1904 he was elected to the state legislature from the Eighty-ninth District, succeeding his future father-in-law, Joseph Wilson Baines. He served in the Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, Thirty-fifth, Thirty-sixth, Thirty-seventh, and Thirty-eighth legislatures. He was the author of the Alamo Purchase Bill (which appropriated $65,000 for the purchase of the Alamo property), a bill providing $3 million to aid drought-stricken farmers and ranchers of West Texas, the Blue Sky Law, and other important legislative measures. On August 20, 1907, Johnson married Rebekah Baines. The couple were parents of five children, including the thirty-sixth president of the United States.

In 1906 Samuel E. Johnson, Jr., suffered severe financial losses, which wiped out his cotton holdings and left him deeply in debt. For a number of years he was engaged in real estate transactions. In 1935 and 1937 he was stricken with heart attacks. He died on October 23, 1937, and was buried in the family cemetery at Johnson City.


Samuel Ealy Johnson Jr. (October 11, 1877 – October 23, 1937) was an American businessman and politician. He was a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives representing the 89th District. He served in the 29th, 30th, 35th, 37th, and 38th Texas Legislatures.

He was the father of the 36th president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, and the son of Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr. He was a struggling farmer and cattle speculator who lived in the Texas Hill Country.


  • the fifth child of Eliza Bunton and Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr.
  • married Rebekah Baines (1881–1958), daughter of Joseph Wilson Baines and his wife, on August 20, 1907.

Their 5 children:

  1. Lyndon B. Johnson, was born on August 27, 1908.
  2. Rebekah (1910–1978)
  3. Josefa (1912–1961)
  4. Sam Houston Johnson (1914–1978)
  5. Lucia (1916–1997).
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Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr.'s Timeline

October 11, 1877
Buda, Hays County, Texas, United States
August 27, 1908
Stonewall, Texas, United States
September 12, 1910
Stonewall, Texas
May 16, 1912
Stonewall, Texas
January 31, 1914
Johnson City, Texas, United States
June 20, 1916
Stonewall, Gillespie County, Texas, United States
October 22, 1937
Age 60
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
October 1937
Age 59
Johnson Family Cemetery, Stonewall, Gillespie, Texas, United States