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Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sam Houston

 
 
Sam Houston Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Buildingshsu, July 3, 2007
1. Sam Houston Marker
Inscription.  

Born March 2, 1793, in Rockbridge County, Va.; son of Samuel and Elizabeth Houston. Moved to Tennessee in 1807 with widowed mother and her family. In 1813 joined U.S. Army under Gen. Andrew Jackson, with whom he formed lifetime friendship and political ties.

In Tennessee, taught school, kept a store, served in U.S. Congress, was state governor. In 1829, after his young bride left him, resigned as governor and went westward. Settling in 1833 in Nacogdoches, became a leader in cause of Texas independence from Mexico.

Elected March 4, 1836, to command the Army of the Republic, engineered retrograde movement that led to victory of San Jacinto, which won Texas independence.

President of the Republic, 1836-1838 and 1841-1844, he was senator after annexation. In 1859 he was elected governor, and served until secession. In 1861 he declined to take oath of office in Confederacy, retiring instead after a quarter-century of service to his state. However, he did not oppose Confederate army enlistment of his young son, Sam Houston, Jr.

While the Civil War continued, he died on July 26, 1863, at his home,
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"Steamboat House," Huntsville. With him was his family, to hear his last words to his wife: "Texas--, Margaret, Texas--".
 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8457.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1823.
 
Location. 30° 43.593′ N, 95° 32.842′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue I and 9th Street, on the right when traveling north on Avenue I. Marker is located at the northeast corner of Avenue I and 9th Street; Oakwood Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville TX 77320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Death of Sam Houston (here, next to this marker); The Sam Houston Monument (here, next to this marker); Oakwood Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Henderson Yoakum (a few steps from this marker); Anthony Martin Branch (a few steps from this marker); The Huntsville Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1867 (within shouting distance of this marker); General John Slater Besser (within shouting distance of this marker); James Addison Baker (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
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Sam Houston (1793–1863) image. Click for full size.
Engraving by J. C. Buttre after a daguerreotype by B. P. Paige, 1858
2. Sam Houston (1793–1863)
Portrait is in the University of Texas at Austin Portrait Gallery. Image via Wikipedia Commons.
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Grave site of Sam Houston, Oakwood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Buildingshsu, July 3, 2007
3. Grave site of Sam Houston, Oakwood Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2008, by Buildingshsu of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,744 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on June 1, 2008, by Buildingshsu of Austin, Texas.   2. submitted on September 2, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on June 1, 2008, by Buildingshsu of Austin, Texas. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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