Non Elected House Speaker

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This question is related to this article from NPR. The article states that "there's no requirement the speaker has to be an elected representative." This is referring to to US House. The article talks about Donald Trump potentially becoming speaker of the house if the Republicans take the house in 2022, even though he himself would not be a member of the house. A few questions:

  1. Has there ever been a speaker that was not an elected representative?
  2. Wouldn't having a non-elected speaker give a lot of power to a non-elected person in the house, going against the entire purpose of elections?
  3. Is this a realistic possibility?
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