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From time-to-time I'll post the historic speakers and the major bills that got through their tenure. Our first speaker, Muhlenberg, was highly successful in only 2 years, although he personally had very little power.:

Speaker Speaker Party Year Pres Pres Party Legis
F Muhlenberg Red 1789 Washington Red Judiciary Act
F Muhlenberg Red 1789 Washington Red Lighthouse Act
F Muhlenberg Red 1789 Washington Red Bill of Rights
F Muhlenberg Red 1789 Washington Red Hamilton I Tariff
F Muhlenberg Red 1790 Washington Red Create Standing Army
F Muhlenberg Red 1790 Washington Red Naturalization Act
F Muhlenberg Red 1790 Washington Red Crimes Act
F Muhlenberg Red 1790 Washington Red Non-Intercourse Act
F Muhlenberg Red 1790 Washington Red Hamilton II Tariff
F Muhlenberg Red 1790 Washington Red Funding Act
F Muhlenberg TOTALS 10 Major Bills        
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This will be interesting. On a whim earlier today I was going through our 1840 history tab and looking at officials such as Speakers.  Twelve years in, we've actually had quite a few speakers selected who were, historically, speaker, and sometimes even for the term they were actually speaker!  Off the top of my head I'd say it's about 50% of the time.

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Not as prolific as Muhlenberg's term as Speaker. Here's Jonathan Trumbull Jr:

J Trumbull Jr Red 1791 Washington Red Vermont Statehood
J Trumbull Jr Red 1791 Washington Red Hamilton III Tariff
J Trumbull Jr Red 1792 Washington Red Kentucky Statehood
J Trumbull Jr Red 1792 Washington Red Militia Acts
J Trumbull Jr Red 1792 Washington Red US Mint
J Trumbull Jr TOTALS 5 Major Bills        
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I left this out of Trumbull's list above:

J Trumbull Jr Red 1791 Washington Red US Bank

Muhlenberg returns but at this point, he's flipped parties in reaction to the above. Only two major bills, possibly because we have two parties sharing power for the first time. 

F Muhlenberg Blue 1793 Washington Red Fugitive Slave
F Muhlenberg Blue 1794 Washington Red Naval Act
F Muhlenberg TOTALS 2 Major Bills        
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Jonathan Dayton is the first Speaker to be reelected as Speaker for a consecutive term and the first to be Speaker for two presidents. 

J Dayton Red 1795 Washington Red Naturalization Act
J Dayton Red 1796 Washington Red Tennessee Statehood
J Dayton Red 1798 J Adams Red Dept of Navy
J Dayton Red 1798 J Adams Red Alien Acts
J Dayton Red 1798 J Adams Red Sedition Act
J Dayton Red 1798 J Adams Red Naturalization Act
J Dayton Red 1798 J Adams Red Maritime Healthcare
J Dayton TOTALS 7 Major Bills        
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Nathaniel Macon is the first Speaker elected to three staight terms and also the first major "Blue Party" Speaker

N Macon Blue 1802 Jefferson Blue Repeal Midnight Judges
N Macon Blue 1802 Jefferson Blue Repeal Some A & S Acts
N Macon Blue 1802 Jefferson Blue West Point Mil Acad
N Macon Blue 1803 Jefferson Blue Ohio Statehood
N Macon Blue 1804 Jefferson Blue Land Act
N Macon Blue 1806 Jefferson Blue National Road
N Macon Blue 1807 Jefferson Blue Embargo on UK
N Macon Blue 1807 Jefferson Blue Slave Trade Ban
N Macon Blue 1807 Jefferson Blue Insurrection Act
N Macon Blue 1807 Jefferson Blue Seventh Circuit Act
N Macon TOTALS 10 Major Bills        
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Varnum is the 1st Speaker without a major bill. Madison was quite rudderless during his first two years as president, and it seems Congress was too. Clay passed one major bill during his first Speakership. Cheves kind of filled in during a quiet time. When Henry Clay returned, he transformed the Speakership into an office with actual powers and influence. 

J B Varnum Blue   Jefferson/Madison Blue n/a
J B Varnum TOTALS 0 Major Bills        
H Clay Blue 1812 Madison Blue Louisiana Statehood
H Clay TOTALS 1 Major Bill        
L Cheves Blue   Madison Blue n/a
L Cheves TOTALS 0 Major Bills        
H Clay Blue 1816 Madison Blue Indiana Statehood
H Clay Blue 1816 Madison Blue Dallas Tariff
H Clay Blue 1817 Madison Blue Mississippi Statehood
H Clay Blue 1818 Monroe Blue Extend National Road
H Clay Blue 1818 Monroe Blue Illinois Statehood
H Clay Blue 1818 Monroe Blue 1st Mil Pension
H Clay Blue 1819 Monroe Blue Alabama Statehood
H Clay Blue 1820 Monroe Blue Maine Statehood
H Clay Blue 1820 Monroe Blue Restrict Slavery (Missouri C)
H Clay TOTALS 9 Major Bills        
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Here are the top 9 Speakers in presiding during major bills

  1. John W. McCormick 20
    1. LBJ's Great Society, which was probably the high point of legislative production, at least rivaling FDR's 1st term. 
  2. Thomas Bracket Reed 18
    1. Gilded Age Speaker
  3. Sam Rayburn 15
    1. Longest-serving Speaker
  4. Henry Clay 12
    1. The first powerful speaker and also speaker those most times. 
  5. Frederick Muhlenberg 12
    1. The first Speaker, so benefited by presiding as the government was being created. 
  6. Jim W Martin 11
    1. Easily the most producted post-WWII GOP Speaker. Was the opposition leader of Rayburn. 
  7. Galusha Grow 11
    1. Speaker during most of the Civil War
  8. Joseph Cannon 11
    1. Considered the most powerful Speaker ever. 
  9. Nathaniel Macon 10
    1. Benefited from the Jefferson-Madison-Monroe domination of the national government
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