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The unassuming Texan who ran the House longer than anyone else

Jan 02, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

When two old bulls butted heads on Capitol Hill in the early days of the Kennedy administration, the confrontation was dramatic - and unusual.

On one side stood House Speaker Sam Rayburn of Texas, a Democrat who was elected to Congress in 1912, the same year Woodrow Wilson won his first term in the White House. Rayburn, 79, had been speaker longer than anyone else and was a key ally of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. Now he was coming to the aid of newly elected Presi...