|Oil on canvas, Douglas Chandor, 1941, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives|
RAYBURN, Samuel Taliaferro, a Representative from Texas; born near Kingston, Roane County,
Tenn., January 6, 1882; moved to Fannin County, Tex., in 1887 with his parents
who settled near Windom; attended the rural schools and was graduated from the
East Texas Normal College, Commerce, Tex., in 1903; studied law at the
University of Texas at Austin; was admitted to the bar in 1908 and commenced
practice in Bonham, Fannin County, Tex.; member of the State house of
representatives 1907-1913, and served as speaker during the last two years;
elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the twenty-four succeeding
Congresses and served from March 4, 1913, until his death; chairman, Committee
on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Seventy-second, Seventy-third, and
Seventy-fourth Congresses); majority leader (Seventy-fifth and Seventy-sixth
Congresses), minority leader (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses); elected
Speaker of the House of Representatives September 16, 1940, to fill the vacancy
caused by the death of Speaker William B. Bankhead; reelected Speaker in the
Seventy-seventh, Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, Eighty-first, Eighty-second,
Eighty-fourth, Eighty-fifth, Eighty-sixth, and Eighty-seventh Congresses; died
in Bonham, Tex., November 16, 1961; interment in Willow Wild Cemetery.
Congressman Sam Rayburn. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers
University Press, 1984; Hardeman, D.B., and Donald C. Bacon.
Rayburn: A Biography. Austin: Texas Monthly Press, 1987;
Sam Rayburn: A Biography. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1975.