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Sam Rayburn
43rd Speaker of the United States
House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1955 â€“ November 16, 1961
Preceded by Joseph William Martin, Jr.
Succeeded by John William McCormack
In office
January 3, 1949 â€“ January 3, 1953
Preceded by Joseph William Martin, Jr.
Succeeded by Joseph William Martin, Jr.
In office
September 16, 1940 â€“ January 3, 1947
Preceded by William B. Bankhead
Succeeded by Joseph William Martin, Jr.
37th Dean of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1953 â€“ November 16, 1961
Preceded by Robert L. Doughton
Succeeded by Carl Vinson
House Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 1953 â€“ January 3, 1955
Deputy John William McCormack
Preceded by Joseph William Martin, Jr.
Succeeded by Joseph William Martin, Jr.
In office
January 3, 1947 â€“ January 3, 1949
Deputy John William McCormack
Preceded by Joseph William Martin, Jr.
Succeeded by Joseph William Martin, Jr.
House Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1937 â€“ September 16, 1940
Deputy Patrick J. Boland
Preceded by William B. Bankhead
Succeeded by John William McCormack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas’s 4th district
In office
March 4, 1913 â€“ November 16, 1961
Preceded by Choice B. Randell
Succeeded by Ray Roberts
Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
In office
1911–1913
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
In office
1907–1913
Personal details
Born Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn
(1882-01-06)January 6, 1882
Kingston, Tennessee, U.S.
Died November 16, 1961(1961-11-16) (aged 79)
Bonham, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater East Texas Normal College
University of Texas School of Law
Profession Law
Religion Primitive Baptist

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
Sam Rayburn
If a man has common sense, he has all the sense there is.
A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.
No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.
Sam Rayburn
Son, always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time.
Sam Rayburn
When you get too big a majority, you're immediately in trouble.'
Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.
Sam Rayburn
The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart.
A damn independent boy; independent as a hog on ice.

A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.
Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
Sam Rayburn
I like power and I like to use it.
If you want to get along, go along.
You'll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember what you have said, and you never forget what you have said.
Sam Rayburn
Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions.
Sam Rayburn