• Drawing of Sam Houston

    Biography of Sam Houston

    author - Justin
    illustrator - Jojo
    Our school is named for Sam Houston, American statesman and military commander. He led the fight for Texas Independence from Mexico and later encouraged Texas admission into the United States.

    Samuel Houston was born on March 2,1793 in Virginia. During the War of 1812, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Later he became a lawyer. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Tennessee and later served as Governor of Tennessee.

    In 1832 President Jackson asked Sam Houston to talk to the Native American tribes in Texas about treaties to protect the U.S. traders. Sam Houston liked Texas and decided to settle here.

    In November 1835 Sam Houston was chosen Commander in Chief of the Texan Army in the war against Mexico. Victory at San Jacinto and capture of the Mexican President won independence for the Republic of Texas.

    In 1835, Sam Houston was elected President of the Republic of Texas. He served as President for five years. Later Sam Houston was elected one of the State of Texas' first U.S. Senators. In 1859 he was elected Governor of Texas.

Last Modified on May 28, 2004