Sam Rayburn (Jan. 16, 1882 - Nov. 17, 1961)
Tennessee native Sam Taliaferro Rayburn moved to Texas with his family in 1887. His long and successful political career began with his election to the Texas Legislature in 1906. It continued through 25 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representaties, where Rayburn served with 8 presidents and held the speakership for 17 years. His funeral at the First Baptist Church in Bonham was attneded by 30,000 people, including 4 presidents and 105 Congressment.
Location: Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham