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This book has tried to be different from a dry textbook, but we're a few chapters into it, and by golly, we've had the history of creation, King Arthur, Columbus, a vast sweeping look at American Indians, and are now delving into the minutiae of Andrew Jackson I thought this was about Texas and Sam Houston? Well, maybe it gets there, but a meandering mess in the meantime! My kids just make fun of it when another tangent gets started.

Great book covering an important part of Texas history. Fast shipping and great price. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I have long been a student in the study of Sam Houston. That said, this is a good elementary book. It seems to be entirely factual but is written more on an 8th grade level. Shortly after leaving office, he traveled to Arkansas Territory to rejoin the Cherokee.

Houston was reunited with Ahuludegi's group of Cherokee in mid After Stanbery refused to answer Houston's letters regarding the incident, Houston beat Stanbery with a cane. In mid, Houston's friends, William H. Wharton and John Austin Wharton , wrote to convince him to travel to the Mexican possession of Texas , where unrest among the American settlers was growing.

Houston crossed into Texas in December , and shortly thereafter he was granted land in Texas. Houston strongly supported statehood, and he chaired a committee that drew up a proposed state constitution. Shortly after the battle, Houston was elected to the Consultation , a congregation of Texas leaders.

Along with Austin and others, Houston helped organize the Consultation into a provisional government for Texas. In November, Houston joined with most other delegates in voting for a measure that demanded Texas statehood and the restoration of the Constitution of Mexico. The Consultation appointed Houston as a major general and the highest-ranking officer of the Texian Army , though the appointment did not give him effective control of the militia units that constituted the Texian Army.

Shortly after the declaration, the convention received a plea for assistance from William B. Travis , who commanded Texan forces under siege by Santa Anna at the Alamo. The convention confirmed Houston's command of the Texian Army and dispatched him to lead a relief of Travis's force, but the Alamo fell before Houston could organize his forces at Gonzales, Texas.

Seeking to intimidate Texan forces into surrender, the Mexican army killed every defender at the Alamo; news of the defeat outraged many Texans but also caused desertions in Houston's ranks. Though the provisional government, as well as many of his own subordinates, urged him to attack the Mexican army, Houston continued the retreat east , informing his soldiers that they constituted "the only army in Texas now present There are but a few of us, and if we are beaten, the fate of Texas is sealed.

The Texans quickly routed Santa Anna's force, though Houston's ankle was shattered by a stray bullet. Houston stayed on briefly for negotiations, then returned to the United States for treatment of his ankle wound. Austin and former governor Henry Smith. Houston took office on October 22, , after interim president David G.

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Houston, meanwhile, faced the challenge of assembling a new government, putting the country's finances in order, and handling relations with Mexico. He selected Thomas Jefferson Rusk as secretary of war, Smith as secretary of the treasury, Samuel Rhoads Fisher as secretary of the navy, James Collinsworth as attorney general, and Austin as secretary of state. President Andrew Jackson refused to push for the annexation of Texas, but in his last official act in office he granted Texas diplomatic recognition. In early , the government moved to a new capital, Houston , named for the country's first president.

He was succeeded by Mirabeau B. Lamar , who, along with Burnet, led a faction of Texas politicians opposed to Houston. Houston defeated Burnet in the Texas presidential election , winning a large majority of the vote. Annexation did not have sufficient support in Congress, and the United States Senate rejected the treaty in June.

Henry Clay and Martin Van Buren , the respective front-runners for the Whig and Democratic nominations in the presidential election , both opposed the annexation of Texas.

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However, Van Buren's opposition to annexation damaged his candidacy, and he was defeated by James K. Polk , an acolyte of Jackson and an old friend of Houston's, at the Democratic National Convention. Polk went on to defeat Clay in the general election, giving backers of annexation an electoral mandate. Meanwhile, Houston's term ended in December , and he was succeeded by his secretary of state, Anson Jones.

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In the waning days of his own presidency, Tyler used Polk's victory to convince Congress to approve of the annexation of Texas. Seeking Texas's immediate acceptance of annexation, Tyler made Texas a generous offer that allowed the state to retain control of its public lands, though it would also be required to keep its public debt. Houston chose to align with the Democratic Party, which contained many of his old political allies, including President Polk.

Senate by another state, though William W. Bibb had previously accomplished the same feat in reverse order. In , Mitt Romney became the second individual to serve as governor of one state and then win election to represent another state in the Senate. Breaking with the Senate tradition that held that freshman senators were not to address the Senate, in early Houston strongly advocated for the annexation of Oregon Country.

Houston initially supported Polk's prosecution of the war, but differences between the two men emerged in After the war, disputes over the extension of slavery into the territories raised sectional tensions. Unlike most of his Southern colleagues, Houston voted for the Oregon Bill of , which organized Oregon Territory as a free territory. Defending his vote to create a territory that excluded slavery, Houston stated, "I would be the last man to wish to do anything injurious to the South, but I do not think that on all occasions we are justified in agitating [slavery].

Under the compromise, California was admitted as a free state, the slave trade was prohibited in the District of Columbia, a more stringent fugitive slave law was passed, and Utah Territory and New Mexico Territory were established. The Democratic National Convention ultimately nominated a compromise nominee, Franklin Pierce , who went on to win the election.

In , Senator Stephen A. Houston voted against the act, in part because he believed that Native Americans would lose much of their land as a result of the act. He also perceived that it would lead to increased sectional tensions over slavery. Houston sought the presidential nomination at the Know Nothing party's national convention , but the party nominated former President Millard Fillmore. Houston was disappointed by Fillmore's selection as well as the party platform, which did not rebuke the Kansas—Nebraska Act, but he eventually decided to support Fillmore's candidacy.

Despite Houston's renewed support, the American Party split over slavery, and Democrat James Buchanan won the presidential election. The American Party collapsed after the election, and Houston did not affiliate with a national political party for the remainder of his Senate tenure. In response, Houston announced his own candidacy for governor, but Runnels defeated him by a decisive margin.

Houston ran against Runnels in the gubernatorial election. Capitalizing on Runnels's unpopularity over state issues such as Native American raids, Houston won the election and took office in December Houston narrowly trailed Bell on the first ballot of the Constitutional Union Convention , but Bell clinched the nomination on the second ballot. Other backers attempted to launch a nationwide campaign, but in August Houston announced that he would not be a candidate for president. He refused to endorse any of the remaining presidential candidates.

After Lincoln won the November presidential election, several Southern states seceded from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. After Houston refused to swear an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy, the legislature declared the governorship vacant. Houston did not recognize the validity of his removal, but nor did he attempt to use force to remain in office, and he refused aid from the federal government to prevent his removal. His successor, Edward Clark , was sworn in on March Fellow-Citizens, in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath.

In the name of the nationality of Texas, which has been betrayed by the Convention, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the Constitution of Texas, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of my own conscience and manhood, which this Convention would degrade by dragging me before it, to pander to the malice of my enemies, I refuse to take this oath. I deny the power of this Convention to speak for Texas Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern independence if God be not against you, but I doubt it.

I tell you that, while I believe with you in the doctrine of states rights, the North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche ; and what I fear is, they will overwhelm the South.

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After leaving office, Houston returned to his home in Galveston. His son, Sam Houston, Jr.

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A Devoted Husband and Father. Houston married Tiana Rogers d. Tiana was in her mids, of mixed-race, and a widow. She had two children from her previous marriage: Gabriel, born , and Joanna, born She and Houston lived together for several years, though, under civil law, he was still legally married to Eliza Allen Houston.

She died in of pneumonia. On May 9, , Houston, aged 47, married for a third time. They had eight children. Margaret acted as a tempering influence on her much older husband and convinced him to stop drinking.

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Although the Houstons had numerous houses, they kept only one continuously: Cedar Point — on Trinity Bay. In , Houston was baptized into the Catholic faith in order to qualify under the existing Mexican law for property ownership in Coahuila y Tejas. The sacrament was held in the living room of the Adolphus Sterne House in Nacogdoches. With the assistance of George Washington Baines , she convinced Houston to convert, and he agreed to adult baptism. Spectators from neighboring communities came to Independence, Texas to witness the event. On November 19, , Houston was baptized by Rev.

Burleson by immersion in Little Rocky Creek, two miles southeast of Independence. Houston , the largest city in Texas, is named for Sam Houston. Along with Stephen F. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Sam Houston, see Sam Houston disambiguation. It hangs in the Texas State Capitol. Presidency of James K. Polk and Presidency of Millard Fillmore. Texas in the American Civil War.