Today, the Speaker of the House has a bad reputation. As the leader of the House of Representatives, the Speaker is responsible for everything the House does. Both good and bad. But Frederick Muhlenberg, the first and third speakers, was not nearly as controversial as his modern counterparts.
A member of the now-defunct Pro-Administration Party, and later the Anti-Administration Party and its successor, the Democratic-Republican Party, Muhlenberg codified many of the traditions that the Speaker still follows and was beloved by allies and rivals alike.