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House Speaker Sam Rayburn, 79, is dying of cancer. Hospital test 10/5 showed there was no hope. Rayburn was not told. Rayburn is shown in a 1955 filer as he sits on the rostrum as President Eisenhower delivers his State of the Union message to a joint session of Congress. Vice President Richard Nixon is at upper left. Rayburn a Democratic lawmaker from Bonham, Texas, who served as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for seventeen years, the longest tenure in U.S. history.Source: Wikipedia