Mr. Johnson went to Southwest Texas State Teachers College, and then he taught school for a few years. After that, he decided he wanted to get into politics, so he did.
Mr. Johnson got elected to Congress in 1937, but then when World War II started, he joined the Naval Reserve. He wanted to go into combat, but President Franklin Roosevelt asked him to inspect some shipyards and then go to the Pacific area as an observer to find out what the Navy needed. So Mr. Johnson did that, and he came back to Congress and asked for more money for planes and ships and stuff like that to defeat the Japanese.
So at the time when the Johnsons moved into the White House, they had two beagles, and the names of these beagles were Him and Her. President Johnson was really the first president to allow a photographer to follow him around all the time and take lots of pictures, so there are several photos of him with his beagles.
President Johnson also spoiled his beagles by letting them go swimming with him and ride in the presidential limo and fly to Camp David in his helicopter. And sometimes they got to hang out when important leaders from other countries were visiting, even though one time Him made a puddle on a chair.
Another dog that lived in the White House at this time was a white collie named Blanco. I couldn't find any photos of Blanco, but I read that he was neurotic, so maybe he didn't like having his picture taken. One time he peed on a sculpture by Alexander Calder that the Museum of Modern Art in New York had loaned to the White House.
Now I have to tell you a sad thing, which is that both Him and Her died in tragic ways at a young age. Her died because she swallowed a rock, and Him got hit by a car. Later on, the Johnsons got another beagle who was named Edgar because he was a gift from J. Edgar Hoover. Mr. Hoover was the head of the FBI, and he was always looking for ways to make the president like him. Blanco, the weird collie, bit Edgar on the nose, and Edgar had to get stitches.