A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 2, 1959

IN its first issue in March 1923, signaling its purpose to the world, TIME carried on its cover the arresting face of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, "Uncle Joe" Cannon of Illinois -last of the truly autocratic leaders of the House. This week TIME carries on its cover the face of the present Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn of Texas. Also on the cover is the arresting face of another Cannon, Missouri's Clarence (no kin). With them are the three other individualistic legislative leaders who share, in the 86th Congress,...

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