Sam Rayburn

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Samuel Taliaferro "Sam" Rayburn (January 6, 1882 – November 16, 1961) was 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.

Early life

Rayburn was born in Roane County, Tennessee, on January 6, 1882, 24 days before Franklin D. Roosevelt, a fact noted by the news ... more »

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  • ''If you want to get along, go along.''
    Sam Rayburn (1882-1961), U.S. legislator, Democratic politician. Quoted in Forge of Democracy, ch. 6, Neil MacNeil (1963).
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