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From slave to statesman : the legacy of Joshua Houston, servant to Sam Houston

Author: Patricia Smith Prather; Jane Clements Monday
Publisher: Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Joshua Houston (1822- 1902) was born on the Temple Lea plantation in Marion, Perry County, Alabama. In 1834 Templeton Lea died and willed Joshua to his daughter, Margaret, as her personal slave. In 1840 Margaret Lea married General Sam Houston and moved to Texas. She took Joshua with her. Joshua faithfully served the Houston family during their many political and financial ups and downs. In 1862 Sam Houston freed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Prather, Patricia Smith, 1943-
From slave to statesman.
Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, 1993
(OCoLC)622957709
Named Person: Joshua Houston; Sam Houston; Joshua Houston; Sam Houston; Houston.
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Smith Prather; Jane Clements Monday
ISBN: 0929398475 9780929398471
OCLC Number: 28338870
Description: xvii, 276 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facs. ; 24 cm
Contents: 1822-1845. "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" --
1845-1859. "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" --
1859-1864. "Let My People Go" --
1865-1868. "Free at Last" --
1869-1870. "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?" --
1871-1880. "Deep River" --
1881-1902. "Soon I Will Be Done with the Troubles of the World" --
The Family Legacy: 1903-Present. "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
Responsibility: Patricia Smith Prather & Jane Clements Monday ; introduction by Dan Rather.
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Joshua Houston (1822- 1902) was born on the Temple Lea plantation in Marion, Perry County, Alabama. In 1834 Templeton Lea died and willed Joshua to his daughter, Margaret, as her personal slave. In 1840 Margaret Lea married General Sam Houston and moved to Texas. She took Joshua with her. Joshua faithfully served the Houston family during their many political and financial ups and downs. In 1862 Sam Houston freed his slaves. Joshua elected to remain with the Houston family and took Houston as his surname. In 1866 he homesteaded in Huntsville, Texas, near the Houston family. He became a well-known and respected public figure in Huntsville where he served as city alderman and later served as county commissioner of Wlker County. In 188 he was elected as a delegate to the National Republican Convention from Texas. He was the father of seven or eight children by three different women. Descendants live in Texas.

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