Triumph and Tragedy: Presidents of the Republic of Texas

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Sam Houston notes of April 19, 1836

On April 19, 1836, Sam Houston made notes of his plans to meet Santa Anna on the battlefield. This document is one of several copies Houston made and sent to various friends for safekeeping in case he did not survive the battle.

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Sam Houston

Sam Houston

It is almost impossible to overstate the influence of Sam Houston on Texas history. For thirty years, Sam Houston was the dominant star around which the Texas political constellations revolved. The Texas State Library and Archives has additional information about Houston on other on-line exhibits, including:

Giants of Texas History

Portraits of Texas Governors

The McArdle Notebooks

Indian Relations in Texas

The Story of the Texas Navy

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              At a Glance

Houston signature

Second President of Texas

Served: Oct. 22, 1836 - Dec. 10, 1838

Born: March 2, 1793 in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Died: July 26, 1863 in Huntsville, Texas

No first lady (divorced)

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