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Samuel Houston
Samuel Houston

  • Born 2 March 1793 - Rockbridge Co., VA
  • Deceased 26 July 1863 - Huntsville, Walker Co., TX,aged 70 years old
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HOUSTON, Samuel, (father of Andrew Jackson Houston and cousin of David Hubbard), a Representative from Tennessee and a Senator from Texas; born at Timber Ridge Church, near Lexington, Va., March 2, 1793; moved about 1808 with his widowed mother to Blount County, Tenn.; attended Maryville Academy (now Maryville College), Maryville, Tenn.; employed as a clerk in a store in Kingston, Tenn.; enlisted as a private in the United States Infantry 1813; served under General Andrew Jackson in the Creek War, rose to lieutenant, and resigned from the Army in 1818; studied law, admitted to the bar in 1818, and commenced practice in Lebanon, Tenn.; district attorney in 1819; adjutant general of the State 1820; major general 1821; elected to the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Congresses (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1827); Governor of Tennessee 1827-1829, when he resigned; moved to the territory of the Cherokee Nation, now a part of Oklahoma, was a trader, and was made a member of the Cherokee Nation by action of the National Council; moved to Texas around 1835 and was a member of the convention at San Felipe de Austin, the purpose of which was to establish separate statehood for Texas; member of the constitutional convention in 1835; commander in chief of the Texas Army; successfully led the Texans against the Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto in April 1836; first President of the Republic of Texas 1836-1838; member, Texas Congress 1838-1840; again President of the Republic 1841-1844; upon the admission of Texas as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate; reelected in 1847 and 1853 and served from February 21, 1846, to March 3, 1859; chairman, Committee on Militia (Thirty-first through Thirty-fourth Congresses); Governor of Texas 1859-1861; deposed March 18, 1861, because he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States; died in Huntsville, Tex., July 26, 1863; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
--- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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                                                                             _____|16_John Houston 1657-1735
                                                   _____|8_John Houston 1690-1754
                                                  /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|17_Margaret McClung 1650-1747
                         _____|4_Robert Houston 1720-1761
                        /                        \
                       /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|9_Margaret Cunningham 1690-1754
|2_Samuel Houston, Major 1750-1806
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|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Margaret Davidson 1725-1745
|--1_Samuel Houston, Gov. 1793-1863
|                                                                           _____|24_Samuel Paxton ca 1670-ca 1746
|                                                  _____|12_James Paxton 1690..1692-1740..1741
|                                                 /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|25_Agnes Nees 1670-1746
|                       _____|6_John Paxton 1716-1787
|                      /                        \                          _____|26_Joseph Alexander
|                     /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|13_Elizabeth Alexander 1694-1756
|                    /                                                     ¯¯¯¯¯|27_? ?
|3_Elizabeth Paxton 1757-1831
                       \                           _____|14_Robert Blair, Rev.
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                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Mary Blair 1726-1821
                                                   ¯¯¯¯¯|15_? ?