Rayburn, Sam (ON HOLD)

1950 TLS as House Speaker, "Mr. Sam" thanks a former House member for a telegram of sympathy on Rayburn's brother's death

Price: $90.00

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(1882-1961) “Mr. Sam”, Texas US Rep 1913-61. Had the longest tenure as House Speaker, serving 1940-47, 1949-53, 1955-61; mentor of Lyndon Johnson. As Speaker, Rayburn was all-powerful and won a reputation for fairness and integrity. He was well known among his colleagues for his after business hours "Board of Education" meetings in hideaway offices in the House where the Speaker and powerful committee chairmen would gather for poker, bourbon, and a frank discussion of politics. Rayburn alone determined who received an invitation to these gatherings; to be invited to even one was a high honor. On April 12, 1945 Vice President Truman had just arrived at the "Board of Education" when he received a phone call telling him to immediately come to the White House, where he learned that FDR was dead and he was now President. The Rayburn House Office Building, contains offices of House members adjacent to the Capitol. TLS on 9 x 7 blue engraved "The Speaker's Rooms/House of Representatives U.S./ Washington, D.C." letterhead, May 16 1950, to Mr. & Mrs. Jim Barnes, Washington. The Speaker thanks Barnes and his wife for their telegram of sympathy in his family's loss, which helped them a great deal. Sam Rayburn had nine brothers and sisters; his younger brother James Lee Rayburn, postmaster of Dodd City, Texas, died May 6th. JAMES M. BARNES (1899-1958), Ill. US Rep (D) 1939-43, an administrative assistant to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman March 1943-July 1945, Washington lawyer 1945 to his death.

Condition: Very good, 2 file holes at top
Type:Letter






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