On Jan. 22, 1973, Lydon Lyndon Baines Johnson died at his ranch in Johnson City at the incredibly-young-when-you-think-about-it age of 64. 

After leaving the White House in 1968, L.B.J.retired to his ranch in the Hill Country, where, according to various biographies, he spent a lot of time growing his hair out, ranching (he was notably interested in his ranch’s egg production), chain smoking and drinking a whole lot and being deeply unhappy with the state of the country. It’s difficult to think of a modern post-Presidency quite like it. Johnson died of an apparent heart attack 45 years ago today -- it was his fourth.

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However, folks who wish to remember his extraordinary, controversial legacy by visiting the Johnson Library will have to wait until sometime in the future -- it remains closed as a result of the Federal Government shutdown.

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