|5th Governor of Texas|
December 31, 1859 – March 28, 1861
|Preceded by||Hardin Richard Runnels|
|Succeeded by||Edward Clark|
|United States Senator|
February 26, 1846 – March 5, 1859
|Succeeded by||John Hemphill|
|1st and 3rd President of the Republic of Texas|
December 21, 1841 – December 9, 1844
|Vice President||Edward Burleson|
|Preceded by||Mirabeau B. Lamar|
|Succeeded by||Anson Jones|
October 22, 1836 – December 10, 1838
|Vice President||Mirabeau B. Lamar|
|Preceded by||David G. Burnet (ad interim)|
|Succeeded by||Mirabeau B. Lamar|
|6th Governor of Tennessee|
October 1, 1827 – April 16, 1829
|Preceded by||William Carroll|
|Succeeded by||William Hall|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 7th district
March 4, 1823 – March 4, 1827
|Preceded by||None (district created)|
|Succeeded by||John Bell|
March 2, 1793
Rockbridge County, Virginia
|Died||July 26, 1863 (aged 70)|
Samuel "Sam" Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was an American statesman, politician, and soldier. He is best known for his leading role in bringing Texas into the United States. Houston, Texas and Sam Houston State University was named after him.
Shortly afterwards, he relocated to Coahuila y Tejas, then a Mexican state, and became a leader of the Texas Revolution. Sam Houston supported annexation by the United States. When he assumed the governorship of Texas in 1859, Houston became the only person to have become the governor of two different U.S. states through direct, popular election, as well as the only state governor to have been a foreign head of state.
Houston was born on March 2, 1793 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was of an Irish-Scottish descent. Houston was married to Eliza Allen from 1829 until they divorced in 1837. Then he was married to Diana Rogers Gentry until they divorced. Then he was married to Margaret Moffette Lee from 1840 until his death in 1863. Houston had seven children. Houston died on July 26, 1863 in Huntsville, Texas from pneumonia, aged 70.
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- Life of General Houston, 1793–1863 published 1891, hosted by the Portal to Texas History.
- Sam Houston ; David Crockett. published 1901, hosted by the Portal to Texas History.
- Samuel Houston from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Sam Houston Memorial Museum Archived 2009-02-08 at the Wayback Machine
- Sam Houston Memorial Museum Antiquities Collection Archived 2006-08-22 at the Wayback Machine From Texas Tides Archived 2006-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
- Sam Houston's Obituary – The Tri Weekly Telegraph, Houston, Texas July 29, 1863 – TexasBob.com
- Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse in Maryville, TN USA
- Documentary film on life of Sam Houston. Massive web site with many pictures, links, and educational tools.
- Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture entry
- Tennessee State Library & Archives, Papers of Governor Sam Houston, 1827–1829 Archived 2013-12-07 at the Wayback Machine
- Sam Houston Rode a Gray Horse Archived 2013-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Houston Family Papers, 1836–1869 and undated, in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University
- Booknotes interview with Marshall DeBruhl on Sword of San Jacinto: The Life of Sam Houston, May 2, 1993. Archived December 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine