A brief history of Texas legend Sam Houston

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A brief history of Sam Houston (KTRK)

Get a brief history of the legendary life of Sam Houston:

  • Sam Houston was born at Timber Ridge Plantation in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
  • He moved to Tennessee and was eventually adopted as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
  • He won the race for governor of Tennessee in 1827.
  • Houston later was selected as commander-in-chief of the Texas Army.
  • His decisive win at the Battle of San Jacinto led to Texas being granted independence.
  • Houston was elected the first and third president of the Republic of Texas.
  • He became a U.S. senator in 1845 and the governor of Texas in 1859.
  • Houston became the only person to become governor of two different states through election.
  • He refused to take an oath to the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  • Houston was evicted as governor for not aligning with the Confederacy.
  • He retired in Huntsville, Texas.
  • Sam Houston died March 16, 1861.
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