Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Governor George S. Houston Home
This house was purchased by George S. Houston in 1845 and was his home until his death here on 31st December 1879. Houston served the people of Alabama in public office for thirty six years. His long and distinguished political career began in 1832 and included; one term in the Alabama state legislature, three terms as circuit solicitor, nine terms in the U. S. House of Representatives, two terms as Governor of Alabama and he was twice elected to the U. S. Senate. Due to his conservative fiscal policies while in Congress, he was known as "The Watchdog of the Treasury".
Houston's most notable service to Alabama was during his two terms as governor. For almost a decade after the Civil War, the people of Alabama suffered under the rule of Radical Reconstructionists.
In 1874 the white citizens of Alabama united behind Houston in his bid for the governors office. His election as a Democrat returned self rule to Alabama. During his two terms, the states huge debt was reduced, property owners were protected from excessive taxation and many other reforms were enacted that brought stability to the state.
After Houston's death, his home was occupied only occasionally until 1937 when it was deeded to the City of Athens with some stipulations, one of which was that it should
Erected 1996 by The Limestones County Historical Society and Friends of the Houston Memorial Library.
Location. 34° 48.227′ N, 86° 58.474′ W. Marker is in Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on Market Street West near Houston Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of The Houston Memorial Library, parking area is on Houston Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 W. Market Street, Athens AL 35611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A County Older Than the State (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athens First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Side of Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athens Sacked and Plundered (approx. 0.2 miles away); Courthouse and Poor Farm Fence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athens, Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scenes From Hobbs & Market Streets (approx. 0.2 miles away); Faces of Market Street (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
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