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Sam Rayburn Library and Museum, Bonham

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The Sam Rayburn Library and Museum is a public research center, library, and museum at 800 West Sam Rayburn Drive in Bonham, Texas. It was built in 1957 as a working library and research center for Sam Rayburn (1882-1961), the influential United States Congressman who holds the record as the longest-serving Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. The building, designed by Roscoe DeWitt, is the most prominent example of Classical Revival architecture in Fannin County, expressly evoking the Classical architecture of Washington, DC. The library is now operated as part of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, part of the University of Texas at Austin.
The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
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  • This is a must see, especially if you are touring the Sam Rayburn House! There are so many pieces of memorabilia from the Capitol and the White House as well as a replica of the Speaker of the House....  more »
  • The Sam Rayburn library and family home/museum are worth the trip from Dallas. The library holds a remarkable collection of American history books beginning with earliest days. Extensive Civil War...  more »
  • They have the second largest congressional record library in the USA and you can read the library. They also have the rostrum that roosevelt used to declare war on japan.
  • This is a small, laid back museum that honors the man who served as Speaker of the House more years in the other, but not consecutively. It recalls a time when politics was a more honored profession and more civil. While it is clear the disagreements between the two parties we're very evident, somehow they manage to be polite to each other. The best quote I saw from speaker Rayburn was I did not serve under presidents but with presidents. I think it would be most helpful for us to get back to a servant model of leadership which is what Mr. Rayburn exemplified. I greatly enjoyed this little museum. Full disclosure, my father knew Mr. Sam and his respect was evident.

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