Person of Interest: Sam Houston

On October 22, 1836, Sam Houston was sworn in as President of the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston was a 19th-century American lawyer, statesman, politician, and soldier. He was a governor of both Tennessee and Texas but is best known for bringing Texas into the United States. Houston was born in Rockbridge County Virginia in 1793 of a Scot-Irish family who moved to Tennessee. He served in the War of 1812 and worked with the removal of the Cherokee. Andrew Jackson was his mentor. Houston became Governor of Tennessee in 1827 but resigned after his divorce and moved to Arkansas. After an altercation with a Congressman, he moved to Texas and became a leader of the Revolution.

Houston supported the Revolution and admission of Texas as a state. He was the first 1st  (1836 -1838) and 3rd (1841-1844) President of the Republic of Texas. He served as a U.S. Senator from 1846 to 1859 where he fought to keep the union together. He was governor from 1859-1861.  He was removed from office when he refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy when Texas seceded in 1861. He retired to Huntsville, TX where he died in 1863.

Tomorrow, Sam Houston’s Personal Life     Rita Bay

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