Rayburn, Sam


Nice signature of “Mr. Sam” with large color portrait for framing!


Type: Signature
Description: (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 meetings  in the “Board of Education”, his hideaway office 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 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.

1 ¾ x 6 close (“Sincerely yours”) of a TLS adding in his hand “We need more of the same”. With lovely 11 x 8 ¾ color print of his official portrait as Speaker.

On August 15 1941, Speaker Rayburn’s portrait by British artist Douglas Chandor was accepted by the House of Representatives,  his portrait painted during the 2nd of his 10 terms as Speaker. Chandor also painted Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and many British dignitaries. During Rayburn’s sittings with the artist, which took place in the early morning before Rayburn arrived at the Capitol and late in the evening after the House adjourned, 3 portraits were made. In addition to the official Speaker portrait, one was made for East Texas Teacher’s College, his alma mater, another for the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Before he retired, Rayburn hung the portrait in his private Capitol office, the “Board of Education.” After his 1961 death, it was moved to the Speaker’s Lobby outside the House Chamber.

Condition: Very good

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