1848 Aug. 14
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1848 Aug. 14
Letter, dated 14 August 1848, from Sam Houston (1793-1863) of Texas, while in Washington D.C., to an unknown recipient, recommending Charles A. Stewart as a mechanic and plasterer, and vouching for his character
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  • Sam Houston was born 2 March 1793 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, to Samuel Houston (1750-1806) and Elizabeth Paxton Houston (ca. 1750-1831). After his father's death, Sam Houston moved with his widowed mother to Blount County, Tennessee, and attended Maryville Academy in Maryville, Tennessee. Houston enlisted as a private in the United States Infantry in 1813, and served under General Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. After studying law, Houston was admitted to the bar in 1818, and practiced in Lebanon, Tennessee. An officer of the Tennessee militia, Houston was adjutant general of the State in 1820, and appointed a major general in 1821. Elected to Congress, Houston served from 1823 to 1827, then was governor of Tennessee from 1827 to 1829. Resigning as governor, Houston moved to the Cherokee Territory, was a trader, and became a member of the Cherokee Nation by action of the National Council. About 1835, he moved to Texas and was a member of the convention for Texas independence at San Felipe de Austin, and was a member of the constitutional convention in 1835. Appointed commander in chief of the Texas Army, Houston successfully led the Texans to independence against Mexico. He was elected the first President of the Republic of Texas, serving from 1836 to 1838. He was a member of the Texas Congress from 1838 to 1840, and again President from 1841 to 1844. When Texas was admitted into the Union, he was elected to the United States Senate, serving from 1845 to 1859. In 1859, he was elected Governor of Texas, but removed from office for refusing to take the oath of allegience to the Confederate states of America.
  • He married first Eliza Allen (1809-1862) and second Tiana Rogers (d. ca. 1838) and divorced both women. Houston then married Margaret Moffette Lea (1819-1867), and they had 9 children. Houston died in Huntsville, Texas, 26 July, 1863, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
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Servois, Albert
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Photostat (negative).
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