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Martin Van Buren
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Lyndon B. Johnson
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Martin Van Buren as U.S. Senator in the election of 1824, looked to shape the modern Democratic Party and revive the congressional role in nominating presidential candidates by throwing his support behind William H. Crawford, a former Senator from Georgia. When the House of Representatives chose John Quincy Adams (after none of the candidates received an electoral majority), Van Buren was disappointed because he considered Adams too "Federalist." Van Buren's support for former Senate colleague Andrew Jackson during the election of 1828 was returned in kind when Jackson hand-picked him as secretary of state and then vice president.







Lyndon B. Johnson was called "ruthless" and never forgot a disloyalty as he pursued both his legislative and political priorities. He had ample opportunity to do so first as Senate Minority Leader in 1953 and as Majority Leader the following year. In one instance, Johnson convinced older Democratic senators to retire the seniority system, thus allowing the Leader (Johnson) more discretion in handing out coveted committee assignments.

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