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Sam Houston

Sam Houston circa 1850
7th Governor of Texas
In office
December 31, 1859[1] â€“ March 28, 1861
Lieutenant Edward Clark
Preceded by Hardin Richard Runnels
Succeeded by Edward Clark
United States Senator
from Texas
In office
February 21, 1846 â€“ March 4, 1847
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Vacant
In office
December 18, 1847 â€“ March 4, 1859
Preceded by Vacant
Succeeded by John Hemphill
1st and 3rd President of Texas
In office
December 21, 1841 â€“ December 9, 1844
Vice President Edward Burleson
Preceded by Mirabeau B. Lamar
Succeeded by Anson Jones
In office
October 22, 1836 â€“ December 10, 1838
Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar
Preceded by David G. Burnet (ad interim)
Succeeded by Mirabeau B. Lamar
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the San Augustine district
In office
6th Governor of Tennessee
In office
October 1, 1827 â€“ April 16, 1829
Lieutenant William Hall
Preceded by William Carroll
Succeeded by William Hall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee’s 7th district
In office
March 4, 1823 â€“ March 4, 1827
Succeeded by John Bell
Personal details
Born (1793-03-02)March 2, 1793
Rockbridge County, Virginia, U.S.
Died July 26, 1863(1863-07-26) (aged 70)
Huntsville, Texas, C.S.
Resting place Oakwood Cemetery
Huntsville, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic (1846–1854)
Unionist (1854–1860)
Constitutional Union (1860–1861)
Religion Baptist
(formerly Roman Catholic)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Army of the Republic of Texas
Years of service U.S. Army: 1813–18
Texian Army: 1835–36
Rank U.S. Army: First lieutenant
Texian Army: Major general
Unit U.S. Army: 39th Infantry Regiment
Commands Texian Army: Army of the Republic of Texas
Battles/wars War of 1812
ʉۢ Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Texas Revolutionary War
ʉۢ Battle of San Jacinto

Whether his policy was right or wrong, he built up the glory of the nation.
Sam Houston
Texas, to be respected must be polite. Santa Anna living, can be of incalculable benefit to Texas; Santa Anna dead, would just be another dead Mexican.
Sam Houston
I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.
Sam Houston
I am aware that in presenting myself as the advocate of the Indians and their rights, I shall stand very much alone.
Sam Houston
Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.
Sam Houston
All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.
Sam Houston
The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.
Sam Houston
In the name of the constitution of Texas, which has been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. I love Texas too well to bring civil strife and bloodshed upon her.
Sam Houston
Remember that whatever may be said by a lady or her friends, it is not part of conduct of a gallant or generous man to take up arms against a woman.
Sam Houston
Texas will again lift it's head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.
Sam Houston
I would not be gotten into a schoolhouse until I was eight years old. Nor did I accomplish much after I started. I doubt if I had gone to school six months in all when my father died. I was fourteen at the time.
Sam Houston
A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.
Sam Houston