Sam Rayburn - age: 79

Sam Rayburn

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ABOUT

Democratic lawmaker from Texas who served as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 17 years, the longest tenure in U.S. history. He represented Texas in the House from 1913 to 1961, which was almost 24 full terms.He coined the term "Sun Belt" while strongly supporting the construction of Route 66.He was good friends with President Lyndon B. Johnson and acted as his mentor while in office.

BEFORE FAME

He worked as a teacher and lawyer before joining the Texas House of Representatives in 1909.

PERSONAL LIFE

He briefly married to Metze Jones, sister of Texas congressman Marvin Jones.

Famous Quotes
A damn independent boy, independent as a hog on ice.

FUN FACTS

Politician Sam Rayburn were born on Friday, birthstone is Garnet, the seaon was Winter in the Chinese year of , it is 4 days until Sam Rayburn next birthday.

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