Sam Rayburn

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U.S. Representative, Lawyer(1882–1961)
Sam Rayburn was an American politician best known for his roles as Speaker of the House, Majority Leader to Congress and Chairman of the National Democratic Convention.

Synopsis

Sam Rayburn was an American politician born on January 6, 1882, in Kingston, Tennessee. After graduating from East Texas Normal College (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) and studying law at University of Texas at Austin, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1906 and served from 1907-1913. Afterwards, his career took off and he became both the Speaker of the House and Democratic Representative to the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1913 until his death in 1961. Rayburn held several high profile positions throughout his career, including Majority Leader to Congress (1937) and Chairman of the National Democratic Convention (1940s-'50s). Rayburn served a total of 48 years in Washington D.C. and died on November 16, 1961.

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