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Learn Why Sam Houston is Honored in Texas and Elsewhere

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Portrait of Sam Houston

Portrait of Sam Houston

Many Places Bear His Name

My husband and I currently live in Houston, Texas. It is the fourth largest city in the United States, founded in 1836. During that same time frame, the President of the Republic of Texas was Sam Houston. Many sites in Texas bear the name of this notable man.

My husband attended Sam Houston High School in San Antonio many years ago. There is also a high school in Houston that bears the name Sam Houston Math, Science & Technology Center.

One of the largest Army Bases is in San Antonio, and it is called Fort Sam Houston. My brother Jim spent over nine months hospitalized there after a horrific helicopter crash at Fort Hood. His burial is in the Fort Sam Houston cemetery per his final wishes. (My maternal grandfather did some of his national guard military services at Fort Sam Houston when Pancho Villa was making raids into Texas from Mexico).

The Sam Houston National Forest is one of four national forests in Texas.

Huntsville, Texas, is the home of Sam Houston State University. On the south side of Huntsville is a massive 67-foot white statue of this beloved statesman along Interstate 45. It is also the burial place for Sam Houston, along with a memorial museum in his name.

Sam Houston Park is a grouping of historic homes and a church on 20 rolling acres of ground nestled up against a backdrop of the tall downtown Houston buildings and a busy raised Interstate 45, which whisks people above and past this quiet park setting.

Numerous items and sites outside of Texas bear the name of this venerable man and statesman. One example includes a ballistic missile submarine named the USS Sam Houston. There is even a U.S. postage stamp that honors the legacy of this important figure in history.

His Childhood

Young Sam Houston bore his father's name and was one of nine children and the number five son in his family. The year he was born in Virginia was 1793, and the history of what would become the United States was still in its infancy. It was frontier days, and times were unsettled.

His dad was a Major in the American Revolutionary War, which began when the American colonists rebelled against Great Britain, primarily regarding taxation without representation. It was a war that lasted from 1775 to 1783. The countries of France, Spain, and the Netherlands helped by aiding the colonists with supplies.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress forming the United States of America declared total independence from Great Britain. Many more hard-fought battles ensued, and the United States had a long way to go before it would resemble what we currently enjoy today.

Sam Houston's father died in 1807, and his mother moved the family to Tennessee from Virginia to be near other family members. Young Sam was 14 years of age at this time, and only two years later, he would leave home.

He lived with a Cherokee tribe of Native Americans. They gave him the name which translated meant "the Raven." Later adopted, he became an official citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Young Adulthood

At age 19, he followed in his dad's footsteps joining in a war effort still battling the British in The War of 1812. He was injured and did not rise above the rank of 3rd lieutenant before becoming a disabled veteran.

At the time, Houston had been a part of Andrew Jackson's army, and the two men got to know each other quite well. Following the war, Jackson would appoint Houston to be the Indian agent for the Cherokees.

Houston studied law under Judge James Trimble and passed his bar examination, becoming a lawyer. By 1818 Sam Houston became a prosecutor in Nashville, Tennessee, and by 1822 was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Tennessee.

All of his experiences with the Cherokee Nation, getting to know Andrew Jackson during the war, plus his congressional expertise for four years led him to become Governor of Tennessee in 1927. He was on a rapid rise to the top politically!

Daguerreotype of Sam Houston from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Daguerreotype of Sam Houston from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Personal and Political Life

His first marriage to young 19-year-old Eliza Allen in 1829 ended abruptly after only a short time of eleven weeks. It so affected Houston that he resigned as Governor of Tennessee.

Once again, he fled to the comfort of living with the Cherokees for a total of three years. During that time, Houston married in a Cherokee ceremony Diana (Tiana) Rogers Gentry, who was of partial Indian blood.

Houston again entered politics, and there was once an accusation of his beating a U.S. Congressman with a hickory cane because of a verbal disagreement about Indian rations. That must have been quite a scene in Washington! After a rather famous trial, he was reprimanded and once again shifted focus.

What would ultimately become the sovereign state of Texas was at that time a part of Mexico. Mexico had won its independence from Spain in the Mexican War of Independence, which ended in 1821. But it was hard for Mexico to control its northern territories. With the expansion of settlers from the United States, these lands were becoming more contested, ultimately resulting in the Texas Revolution.

Sam Houston left his Cherokee wife Tiana behind, becoming involved in Texas independence from Mexico. At that time, he was a major general in the Texas Army. After many evasive actions and defeats at the hands of Santa Anna, the most famous being the crushing defeat at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, the final victory was at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

Republic of Texas and Beyond

Sam Houston became the first and third President of the Republic of Texas. Later, after Texas joined the Union, he became a U.S. Senator and also the 7th governor of the state.

In 1840, having divorced his first wife some years prior, Houston married his 3rd wife, Margaret Moffette Lea, who was 21 years old. The second marriage did not matter in the civil courts at that time since it was under Cherokee laws.

They had eight children. One was named Sam Houston, Jr., and another boy was named Andrew Jackson Houston. Sam Houston thought a lot of Andrew Jackson despite not always agreeing on subjects such as the treatment of the Native Americans like his "adopted" family, the Cherokees.

Sam Houston resigned from being the Governor of Texas when secession from the Union was under consideration in what would become the U.S. war between the states.

He sided with Abraham Lincoln and others in not wanting to break the Union apart and retired with his family to Huntsville, Texas, where he would die at age 70 from a bout with pneumonia before the end of the Civil War.

Sam Houston grave monument in Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston grave monument in Huntsville, Texas

A Mason

Sam Houston had been a Mason for much of his life and has Masonic emblems in his final resting place, the Oakwood Cemetery located in Huntsville. He was the first presiding officer of the Grand Lodge of Texas and was a Master Mason who belonged to lodges in Nashville, Tennessee, Houston, and Huntsville at various times in his life.

A plaque on the base of the Sam Houston statue located in Huntsville, Texas, created by David Adickes, titled "Tribute to Courage," was dedicated by the Grand (Masonic) Lodge of Texas in 1997. It has two quotes attributed to Sam Houston. They are the following:

"The great misfortune is that a nation obtains with those in power that the world, or the people, require more governing than is necessary. To govern well is a great science, but no country is ever improved by too much governing...most men think when they are elevated to position, that it requires an effort to discharge their duties, and they leave common sense out of the question."

"Govern wisely, and as little as possible."

These highlights are merely some of the facts about the life of Sam Houston. History buffs can study and learn much more about this fascinating man.

A Few of The Texas Sites Named After Sam Houston.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Houston

Cherokee Nation:https://www.cherokee.org/

Some of the places that bear his name include the following:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Sam_Houston

The National Cemetery: https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftsamhouston.asp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Houston_National_Forest

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Houston_High_School_(San_Antonio%2C_Texas)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Houston_State_University/wiki/Sam_Houston_Math,_Science,_and_Technology_Center

https://www.heritagesociety.org/sam-houston-park/

http://samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com/

Submarine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Sam_Houston_(SSBN-609)

Postage Stamp: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibition/about-us-stamps-modern-period-1940-present-commemorative-issues-1960-1969-1964-1965/sam

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

It is understandable since you live in India that you would not necessarily be familiar with Sam Houston. You continually provide information about foods that you typically eat as well as other items of interest that is often new to me. That is one thing about the Internet. We can continually learn from one another. So happy to learn that you enjoyed learning about Sam Houston and why he is famous in our part of the world.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 03, 2018:

I had no idea about Sam Houston at all and his connection with Texas and Houston. Thanks for providing information about the life and times of this famous man.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2016:

Hi Robert,

Glad you liked this hub regarding the part Sam Houston played in history...particularly that of Texas.

Robert Sacchi on July 08, 2016:

An interesting Hub about the life and times of one of the Texas Founding Fathers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2013:

Hello cygnetbrown,

Glad you liked this piece written about Sam Houston. He is well revered in Texas!

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on October 14, 2013:

How sad it must have been for Sam Houston to have died separated from service in his beloved state. However, it is wonderful that Texans keep his greatness alive. The article was very informative and very well done.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2013:

Hi Paul,

So glad to know that you liked this and learned a bit more about Sam Houston by reading this hub. Thanks for sharing this information with others.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on August 24, 2013:

Peggy,

This is an awesome hub which I also found very interesting and useful. The only things I previously knew about Sam Houston were that he was the first president of Texas and fought with Davey Crockett at the Battle of the Alamo. For some reason, I thought that he died with Crockett at the Battle of the Alamo. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 16, 2013:

Hi toptendeals,

Sam Houston is well known in our part of the country! Glad you learned something new today. :)

Jason Benedict from Boca Raton, Florida on August 15, 2013:

I didn't even know Houston was a historic figure! Thanks for writing this, you learn something every day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 04, 2013:

Hi Shyron,

So glad that you liked this hub about the famous Sam Houston. Appreciate the votes and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

The history of Sam Houston is much revered in the South, particularly in Texas. Glad you liked learning more about him. Thanks for the shares. :)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 31, 2013:

Peggy W. This is very interesting and I will have to re-read it from time to time. Voted up awesome, beautiful and interesting and shared.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 31, 2013:

Well, I know more about Sam Houston than I did before. We have a Sam Houston Elementary School here also. Very informative for us Yankees who have come to Texas. Voted up, interesting, shared and pinned!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

That is a shame when a beloved school closes its doors. Thanks for the share. For some reason this hub keeps getting idled. It needs those shares! :))

justmesuzanne from Texas on July 30, 2013:

Voted up, interesting and shared! Incidentally, I attended Sam Houston Elementary School, which sadly, is no more. I loved it dearly! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

Happy to be able to shed a little light on who Sam Houston was and his importance in history. Thanks for the votes and shares.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2013:

I had no idea of who Sam Houston was but now know how importantly linked this name is to the city of Houston. Thanks for sharing this part of history.

Voted up, useful, interesting, shared, pinned and tweeted.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2013:

Hi A.A. Zavala,

You really do know that statue of Sam Houston well since your family lives in Huntsville, Texas. Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio has seen many a soldier pass through there! Thanks for your comment.

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on June 16, 2013:

I was also stationed at Ft. Sam Houston, and my family lives in Huntsville. Thank you for the wealth of information. That statue is huge! When I see it, I know I'm close to my family. Thanks again for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

It has been many a year since I have watched the movie The Alamo. I know that I would enjoy it again. I had never heard that about Sam Houston...the possibility that he was bipolar...but it is interesting. Thanks for your comment and votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 08, 2013:

Interesting information. I recently re-watched The Alamo with Dennis Quaid as Sam Houston. I thought he did a stellar job in the role (although Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett definitely stole the show!) I remember reading, when this movie first came out, that historians speculated that Sam Houston may have had bipolar disorder. This would explain his larger than life personality and the many ups and downs of his personal and professional life.

Voted up and interesting! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2013:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

I know what you mean. It is wonderful learning about all different subjects by reading hubs from authors on HubPages. Glad that I could share some information about Sam Houston that you did not already know. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on April 27, 2013:

What an interesting life Sam Houston led. I had no idea that he was married more than once or that one of his wives was part Indian. Up, interesting, and awesome. i love when I learn a lot.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2013:

Hello DREAM ON,

So glad that you learned a lot about Sam Houston by reading this hub. Enjoy the Alamo movie again. It has been some time since I have seen it. Might just have to join you in viewing it again. Thanks for your comment.

DREAM ON on February 14, 2013:

I learned so much more than I learned in school.Thanx for sharing.I will have to watch the Alamo again since I enjoyed the clip and want to see more.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2013:

Hi epigramman,

I know that it is REALLY cold up where you are right now. Stay warm and stay safe! So happy to hear that you enjoyed reading this hub about Sam Houston. I think that the Battle of the Alamo and the fight for Independence fascinates many people and, of course, the part that Sam Houston played in all of it. Thanks for your comment and wishing you all good things in this new year of 2013.

epigramman on January 23, 2013:

Good evening Peggy from lake erie time ontario canada 6:37pm where we are in the coldest streak of winter weather we've had in over 3 years and I just had to write to tell you how much I loved this hub presentation ..... well actually you have so many great ones to choose from but the story of the Alamo and the fight for independence has always fascinated me as a kid and an adult and you do such world class service here in this landmark hub tribute - thank you for this one and of course your reseach and effort going into this .....hub bravo to you at 6:40pm and happy new year for your health , happiness and prosperity in 2013

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 09, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

Glad to be able to enlighten you a bit with regard to the history of Sam Houston. He is certainly a revered figure in this part of the world. Appreciate your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

I didn't know a lot about Sam Houston before reading this. He was a formidable and interesting man! It sounds like he was Cherokee at heart. The third marriage finally stuck. He was an honest soul and now I can see why he's honored so much in the Houston area. Thank you for another well-written and useful article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 28, 2012:

Hello expertscolumn,

The bottom photo is taken near Sam Houston's grave site in Huntsville, Texas. You would not have seen that near the towering Sam Houston statue along side the road. Yes...Sam Houston is big in Texas!

Stanley Soman from New York on December 28, 2012:

When i was traveling through texas I remember on a highway side there was a towering Sam Houston statue, I don't remember it being like that in your picture on the bottom but it was similiar near a highway. That was when i realized "Sam Houston" is big in texas

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2012:

Hi James,

Nice to know that you enjoyed the biography of Sam Houston. He is certainly well remembered in our "neck of the woods." Thanks for your comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on November 14, 2012:

Yet another piece of outstanding work from your pen . . . err . . . word processor. :-)

I enjoyed the journey. Excellent Hub! Thank you.

James

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 13, 2012:

Hi Frank,

I don't know if Sam Elliot played Sam Houston in a western movie...but odds are if that name was used...it would have been Sam Houston portrayed. Glad that this hub shed a little more light on the biography of Sam Houston. He certainly led an active and influential life! Appreciate your comment.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 13, 2012:

Peggy thank you so much for this History lesson and allowing me to better know Sam Houston.. on Encore Westerns they had a character played by Sam Elliot.. called Sam Houston I wonder if they portrayed this person.. anyhow thank you so much for this share bless you

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2012:

Hello Kaili Bisson,

Yes, Sam Houston was a Mason among many other things. So glad that you found this hub to be informative. Appreciate your comment.

Kaili Bisson from Canada on November 02, 2012:

What a well researched and written Hub. I did not know he was a Mason. Voted up and more.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2012:

Hi Brett,

I couldn't agree with you more. Too bad all politicians do not adhere to Sam Houston's idea of governing wisely and as little as possible. Thanks for your comment, votes and the sharing of this hub. Houston was an interesting and influential person in his time and is well thought of by many people still today.

Brett C from Asia on October 22, 2012:

A very interesting and detailed hub about someone I had never previously heard of. He certainly led an interesting life!! If only politics was still a case of "Govern wisely, and as little as possible." rather than dictate, scare, manipulate and control for power n money ....

Shared, up, interesting, and tweeted.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 21, 2012:

Hi Christy,

Sam Houston definitely lead an interesting life and is memorialized in many ways for his actions. Nice to know that you enjoyed learning a bit about him. Thanks for your vote up and the share.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on October 21, 2012:

I did not know much about this man prior to reading your hub. Great overview of his life and struggles. He had his share of wives too! Vote up and sharing as well!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 20, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Sam Houston would probably be amazed at all of the sites and places named after him today. Nice to know that you enjoyed this abbreviated bio of him. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on October 20, 2012:

Thanks for this bio on a person who was important enough to have a city named after him. He would probably be pleased that it is currently the fourth largest (in population) in the U.S. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

Thanks for being interested enough to read about Sam Houston with regards to U.S. history. I know that I would enjoy hearing more about the history of Canada. We are close neighbors after all! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2012:

Hi agusfanani,

Nice to be able to share a little U.S. history with you about this historical figure, that of Sam Houston. Yes...he is much honored and remembered especially here in Texas. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2012:

Hello kashmir56,

So nice to be able to enlighten you about this important historical figure...Sam Houston. Appreciate your votes and the share.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 18, 2012:

Thank you for this interesting description of Sam Houston's life and influence, Peggy, and for teaching me some more about U.S. history! I had heard of Sam Houston before but knew almost nothing about him. It was interesting to see the photos and videos of landmarks bearing his name, as well.

agusfanani from Indonesia on October 18, 2012:

A very interesting hub and enriches me with history I've never read. With his valuable service he'd done for the country no wonder that all American pay Sam Houston a lot of respect. Thank you for this awesome hub, Peggy W.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on October 18, 2012:

Great and interesting hub, i did not know much about Sam Houston, but now have learned more about him, thanks !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

You are correct in that Sam Houston was certainly instrumental in winning the lands of Texas from Mexico. That is why he is so honored in Texas. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

According to Wikipedia there are 4 taller statues in the U.S. with the Statue of Liberty being the tallest at 151 feet. This is followed by the 88.6 ft. Our Lady of the Rockies in Butte, Montana; the 75 ft. Golden Driller in Tulsa, Oklahoma and at 67.6 ft. the Dallas Zoo's giraffe statue just barely beat the height of the Sam Houston statue which stands at 67 feet. So yes...it is one of the tallest statues.

I don't remember seeing the Dennis Quaid portrayal in the movie, so cannot comment on that.

Other states also have things named after Sam Houston, BTW. He certainly made his mark in history but is much beloved in Texas. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on October 17, 2012:

A very informative biography and interesting hub of Sam Houston. The city of Houston is honored and delighted to bear the name of this great hero, Sam Houston. Because of General Sam Houston the state of Texas would not have won its independence from Mexico. Another brilliant historical hub with beautiful photos and videos of this great American Hero.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on October 17, 2012:

You always go all out Peggy and do such a great job with your hubs whether its the travel ones, biographies or whatever. I wasn't that up on a lot of the Sam Houston story and of course all the things named after him in Texas so this was quite enjoyable. Thats got to be one of the biggest statues of someone in the country!If you've seen the 2004 movie The Alamo how do you or your husband feel about Dennis Quaids portrayal of him? It was good to be reminded about your brave brother too. Up awe and interestin' Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2012:

Hi teaches12345,

If you have relatives in Houston, you should come for a visit and find out for yourself why most of us love living here. Thanks for your comment on this hub regarding Sam Houston.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2012:

Hi Michael Tully,

Sam Houston is certainly "larger than life" with that sculpture that sits just south of Huntsville, Texas. It is quite something to see from the road as it towers over the tall trees in the area. Glad that you could learn something else about him since you studied him when taking Texas history. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2012:

Hello Jenn-Anne,

Nice to be able to share information about Sam Houston with you. Appreciate your comment and vote up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2012:

Hi Lela,

Was that the Sam Houston high school in San Antonio, the same one my husband attended...or the one in Houston? So you attended Sam Houston State University and are well familiar with the history of Sam Houston. Small world!

What was it? Did the fact that he beat a congressman with a stick make you think that he had a temper? Haha! Turns out that Francis Scott Key was his defense lawyer according to what I read about that incident. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Houston is a fun city in which to live and we are certainly reminded of Sam Houston as we drive on the so named tollway or gaze at the statue of him on horseback in Hermann Park, etc. Glad that you liked this hub and thanks for your votes and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2012:

Hi Mhatter99,

Thanks for the compliment on this written piece regarding Sam Houston and his place in history. Appreciate it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2012:

Hi Don,

Sam Houston actually benefited politically because of getting to know Andrew Jackson. It may have been a chance meeting at first because of the war...but when Jackson got to know about his close association with the Cherokees...the rest is history, as they say! Thanks for your comment plus the share.

Dianna Mendez on October 17, 2012:

He was quite a character. I never connected Houston, Tx being named after him. I find it amusing that he named one of his kids after Andrew Jackson, honorable mention. I have relative living in Houston and they claim it is the best city in the world. It well may be!

Michael Tully on October 17, 2012:

I really enjoyed this hub, Peggy. I thought we had pretty much worn him out in high school Texas history, way back when, but I had never heard several of the details you included here. An excellent overview of the life of a larger-than-life character. Voted up. Thanks!

Jenn-Anne on October 16, 2012:

Interesting hub - I didn't know much about Sam Houston and enjoyed learning about him. Voted up!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 16, 2012:

I went to Sam Houston High School and graduated from Sam Houston State U. I used to love to visit the little park in Huntsville where his home was preserved. I also visited his grave. The big statue was erected after I left Huntsville so I've only seen it once during a drive to Houston.

Interesting that the Tennessee marriage lasted such a short time and the reason for divorce is unknown. I think Sam might have had quite the temper. But that's just my theory.

The man, the legend, Sam Houston. You write a nice tribute to him.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 16, 2012:

I enjoyed learning more about this great man: Sam Houston. I can tell by reading your Hubs you are very proud of the city where you live: Houston. You have so many interesting places there to see, and I've learned a lot just by reading your Hubs.

It's always a pleasure to read your work....you do a splendid job and I like the way you include videos to further explain your Hubs.

I voted this Hub, UP, etc. and will certainly share, Peggy.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 16, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this useful and well researched piece of American history. Well written.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 16, 2012:

Hi Peggy, I am somewhat familiar with Houston and it is no surprise that he would be honored in Texas. You did touch on some things I did not know, for example his connection with Andrew Jackson. Oddly, there is a small town in Minnesota named Houston. Off hand I do not know the connection. awesome, interesting hub. shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2012:

Hi Gene,

I know Jackson's history and the "Trail of Tears" that was caused by his relentless policies. While Sam Houston was his protege in many respects, he was certainly not in agreement with how the Native Americans were often mistreated. I was not aware of the interest in removing Andrew Jackson from our currency. Interesting how the perspective of history often changes things! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2012:

Hi Billy,

One of my last hubs was titled Activities and Attractions in Houston, Texas if you wish to learn more about Houston. Yes...it is a large city with much to offer its residents and also visitors. Since you taught American history...you probably recall even more about Sam Houston than what was related here. Thanks for your comment.

Gene Jasper on October 16, 2012:

Very interesting, Peggy. Especially the part about being Indian agent for the Cherokee Nation, since some people apparently want Jackson removed from US currency and replaced with Sam Houston.

Gene

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 16, 2012:

I actually did know quite a bit of this from teaching American History; however, the part I didn't know, the part that surprised me, was that Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S.....I had no idea!

Interesting hub Peggy! Thanks for the education!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2012:

Hi Carol,

The Sam Houston name is on so many sites in Houston that it would be hard to forget him. I also found it interesting when writing this hub. There are informative links that tell many more details of his life if people are interested in learning more. I just hit some of the highlights. He was certainly an interesting figure in history! Thanks for the first comment and vote up.

carol stanley from Arizona on October 16, 2012:

Having lived in Houston I found this really interesting. I knew a few facts but you really did a complete job in sharing his life. Thanks for a great history lesson. Voted UP.

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