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Sam Houston : a biography of the father of Texas

Author: John Hoyt Williams
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sam Houston was one of the most colorful and legendary figures of American history. During his life he held an astonishing range of high positions: governor of two states (Tennessee and Texas), congressman (Tennessee), senator (Texas), and president of the Republic of Texas for most of its period of independence. He was an ardent expansionist who helped to make "manifest destiny" a reality, and more than any other
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Williams, John Hoyt.
Sam Houston.
New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, ©1993
(OCoLC)608616479
Named Person: Sam Houston; Sam Houston
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Hoyt Williams
ISBN: 0671746413 9780671746414
OCLC Number: 26722834
Description: 448 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: John Hoyt Williams.
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Sam Houston was one of the most colorful and legendary figures of American history. During his life he held an astonishing range of high positions: governor of two states (Tennessee and Texas), congressman (Tennessee), senator (Texas), and president of the Republic of Texas for most of its period of independence. He was an ardent expansionist who helped to make "manifest destiny" a reality, and more than any other individual, he was responsible for Texas's entry into the.

United States. But Houston was a complex man whose life was marked by failures and despair. He had a lifelong alcohol problem, which probably caused the rapid dissolution of his first marriage, a scandal that forced him to resign the governorship of Tennessee. Following that disgrace, Houston fled into Indian Territory and oblivion. After years of wandering in the wilderness, he came to Texas and political rebirth. Houston's military fame, forged in the War of 1812.

Brought him to the attention of his commanding general, Andrew Jackson, who made Houston his protege and nurtured Houston's military and political career. In Texas, Houston's fellow settlers, determined to break free from Mexico, chose him to command the Texas Army. After a series of tactical retreats, Houston won a decisive victory at San Jacinto, crushing the army of Mexican General Santa Anna and guaranteeing Texas's independence. But even Houston's own officers.

Quarreled over his victory and how much credit Houston deserved for it. As governor of Texas in 1861, Houston, fiercely pro-Union, refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy when Texas joined the new Southern nation, and he was forced from office. He died in 1863, a bloody war raging as he had predicted it would following secession. This is a vivid and exciting biography of one of the giants of nineteenth-century America.

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