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Sam Rayburn
Birth: Jan. 6, 1882
Death: Nov. 16, 1961

US Congressman. Samuel Talliaferro Rayburn was born in eastern Tennessee, and he came with his family in 1887 to Fanin County, Texas. After working as a teacher to support himself in college, he served in the Texas State Legislature from 1906 to 1912, and attended law school between sessions, passing the bar in 1908. He served as Texas Speaker of the House during his last term. In 1912, he was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Democrat from the Texas 4th District, and after that year, no Republican ever ran against him in his district. He became Speaker of the House in 1941, and except for two brief periods when the Democrats were the minority party, he served in that position until his death from cancer in 1961. His home in Bonham, Texas is preserved as a memorial by the Texas Historical Commission. The Sam Rayburn Library and Museum is also located in Bonham. (bio by: Cherie Atkinson Clark) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Marion Rayburn (1840 - 1916)
  Martha Waller Rayburn (1846 - 1927)
 
 Spouse:
  Metze Jones Neely (1901 - 1982)*
 
 Sibling:
  Sam Rayburn (1882 - 1961)
  Richard Ashby Rayburn (1884 - 1962)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Cancer
 
Burial:
Willow Wild Cemetery
Bonham
Fannin County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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- J Spencer
 Added: Apr. 4, 2014
A proud Texan. Rest in heavenly peace.
- Lynda Duncan Miles
 Added: Jan. 18, 2014
Samuel Taliaferro "Sam" Rayburn: Sir, you will be remembered as a Democratic lawmaker from Bonham, Texas, who served as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 17 years, the longest tenure in U.S. history. You entered Congress in 1913 at the...(Read more)
- MFPS
 Added: Jan. 6, 2014
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