The Sam Rayburn Museum documents the life and career of Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn (1882–1961). Rayburn’s tenure as a Congressman, from 1913 to 1961, spanned 48 years, nearly 25 terms, and 8 presidents. He remains the longest-serving House Speaker in American history. Rayburn played a key role in the passage of New Deal legislation and was instrumental in the World War II military effort and era-defining postwar foreign aid programs.
Mr. Sam, as he was affectionately called, used a gift for his distinguished service as seed money to build this museum. Designed to invoke the aesthetic of our nation’s capital, the museum is a gathering place for students, families, and visitors to learn about the early to mid-twentieth century Congress.