Triumph and Tragedy: Presidents of the Republic of Texas

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Sam Houston's views on "Our Political Affairs," 1860

"Here I take my stand." This broadside details Sam Houston's views on the national emergency following the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. After a lifetime of work to make Texas a part of the United States, Houston declared, "I am for the Union as it is."

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Sam Houston

Sam HoustonSam Houston had been forbidden by law from succeeding himself as Texas president. He left office in the grip of his old demons, depression and drinking. Houston traveled east to visit his family and Andrew Jackson, now retired. Reports soon reached Texas of Houston's wild carousing. But something happened on the trip that would change Houston's life forever.

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              At a Glance

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Fourth President of Texas

Served: Dec. 13, 1841 - Dec. 9, 1844

Born: March 2, 1793 in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Died: July 26, 1863 in Huntsville, Texas

Married to Margaret Lea

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