LBJ died 45 years ago today. Thanks to the government shutdown, the Johnson Library is currently closed.

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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