Sam Rayburn attended the University of Texas School of Law while teaching school and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1908. After being admitted to the bar, he won election to the Texas House of Representatives, beginning his first term in 1909. During his second two-year term in the Texas House, he was elected Speaker of the House at the age of twenty-nine. The following year he won election to the United States House of Representatives in District 4. He entered Congress in 1913 at the beginning of Woodrow Wilson’s presidency and served in office for almost 49 years (more than 24 terms), until the beginning of John F. Kennedy’s presidency. He served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 17 years, the longest tenure in U.S. history.
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