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DiedNovember 16, 1961, Bonham, Texas, United States
SpouseMetze Jones
FactU.S. congressional representative from Texas (1913-1961).

Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn was born on January 6, 1882, in Roane County, Tennessee. His parents were William Marion Rayburn and Martha Waller Rayburn. He had four brothers and four sisters. His father was a farmer and his mother was a homemaker. Rayburn was educated in the public schools of Roane County. He graduated from high school in 1900. In 1903, he enrolled in Emory and Henry College in Virginia. He did not stay long, however, and transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville the following year. He graduated from Tennessee in 1907 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Rayburn began his career as a schoolteacher. He taught in various schools in Tennessee and Texas. In 1910, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. He served in the House until 1913, when he was elected to the Texas Senate. He served in the Senate until 1921. In 1922, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Texas’s 10th congressional district. He served in the House for the next 48 years, until his death in 1961.

Rayburn was a member of the Democratic Party. He served as Speaker of the House from 1940 to 1947 and from 1949 to 1953. He also served as Minority Leader from 1931 to 1933 and from 1935 to 1937. In 1961, he was elected Majority Leader, a position he held until his death.

Rayburn was a close friend of President Lyndon B. Johnson. When Johnson became president in 1963, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Rayburn became one of his most trusted advisers.

Rayburn died of cancer on November 16, 1961, at the age of 79. He is buried in his hometown of Bonham, Texas.

Rayburn’s net worth at the time of his death was estimated at $2 million.

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DiedNovember 16, 1961, Bonham, Texas, United States
EducationTexas A&M University–Commerce, University of Texas School of Law


SpouseMetze Jones
SiblingsTom Rayburn, Lucinda Rayburn, Richard Rayburn, Abner Love Rayburn, Medibel Rayburn Bartley, Katherine Rayburn Thomas

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1[advice to the recently-elected Harry Truman] The sycophants will stand in the rain a week to see you and will treat you like a king. They'll come sliding in and tell you you're the greatest man alive. But you know and I know you ain't.


1The longest-serving Speaker of the House in U.S. history, he occupied the office three times: 1940-1947, 1949-1953 and 1955-1961.
2Pictured on a 4¢ US postage stamp issued in his honor, 16 September 1966.
3U.S. congressional representative from Texas (1913-1961).



See It Now1953TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Rayburn: Mr. SpeakerDocumentary post-productionHimself
Sputnik Fever2007DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
In the Shadow of the Moon2007DocumentaryHimself - in Congress, beside Vice President Lyndon Johnson (uncredited)
Tank on the Moon2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Speaker of U.S. House of Representatives
Day of Infamy2001Video documentary shortHimself - in Congress Behind FDR
Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor2001TV Movie documentaryHimself - In Congress Behind FDR (uncredited)
The Speeches of Malcolm X1997Video documentaryHimself - at Democratic Convention with Truman
Our Time in Hell: The Korean War1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sports on the Silver Screen1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Fifties1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Stalking the President: A History of American Assassins1992DocumentaryHimself - at Truman Inauguration, Behind Vinson
Executive Action1973Himself (listens to Test Ban speech) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Days of Infamy1962Short documentaryHimself - in Congress Behind FDR
Attack in the Pacific1944DocumentaryHimself - in Congress Behind FDR

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