Automobile accident engineered by President Joe Steele
Samuel Taliaferro (pronounced "Tolliver") Rayburn (1882-1961) was a Democratic politician from Bonham, Texas. He served as leader of the Democratic House caucus from 1940 to 1961, serving as Speaker whenever the Democrats were in the majority, and at the time of his death was the longest-serving Congressman in House history.
In the wake of the Republican takeover of Congress in 1946, Rayburn was relegated to House Minority leader in 1947, and he was succeeded by Joseph W. Martin. Rayburn still supported the Truman Administration as loudly as he could on the House floor, and still clashed with Duncan.
As a congressman, Sam Rayburn (1882-1937) was an early opponent of PresidentJoe Steele's draconian steps against his opponents, particularly as those actions accelerated early in Steele's second term. Rayburn died in a car accident shortly after publicly speaking out against Steele. In truth, Steele's minion the Hammer engineered that accident.