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Speaker Rayburn is Buried in Texas

Nov. 18, 1961 - House Speaker Sam Rayburn was buried today in the rich Texas earth that nurtured him. Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church he had helped to build in Bonham, Tex. President Kennedy and former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman were in the front row with the Speaker’s long-time friend, Vice President Johnson. Mr. Rayburn was Speaker of the House longer than any other man in history. “In the liberties and freedoms of our country, he has fought the good fight,” said Elder Henry G. Ball, pastor of Mr. Rayburn’s congregation, the Primitive Baptist Church, which he joined four years ago. “He has been fair, he has been loyal, and he has been true.”


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