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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Sam Houston Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sam Houston, 1793-1863
Title: Sam Houston Collection
Dates: 1810-1871
Abstract: These 43 documents are all linked to Sam Houston or his family. The bulk of them bear his signature.
Identification: 1964-002
Quantity: 1 box, .5 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Samuel Houston, known as the Father of Texas, was born on March 2, 1793, in Virginia. His father, Samuel Houston, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Following his father's death in 1807, his mother, Elizabeth (Paxton) Houston moved the family to Tennessee. Sam Houston did not have a formal education, instead attending school when possible.

Sam Houston had an active political life. Trained in law, he was elected as district attorney for Nashville at the age of 25. Soon after, he was appointed adjutant general of Tennessee. He was elected to Congress from Tennessee in 1823 and again in 1825. In 1827 he was elected governor of Tennessee. He resigned from this position in 1829 and began working in Indian territory for the Cherokees. He was made a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Houston first traveled in Texas in 1832. He attended the Convention of 1833 as a delegate from Nacogdoches, although he does not appear to have been a long-term resident of the area until 1835. In November 1835 he was elected major general of the Texas Army. He signed the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. On April 21, 1836, he led the Texas Army to victory over the forces of General Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto.

On September 5, 1836, Houston was elected President of the Republic of Texas. September 6, 1841, he was elected again to that position, having served as a representative to the Texas Congress during Mirabeau Lamar's presidency. On February 21, 1846, Houston was elected to the U. S. Senate where he served almost 14 years. In 1859 he was elected as governor of Texas. Because he did not support the dissolution of the Union, he was removed from office in 1861.

Sam Houston died on July 26, 1863, on his farm near Huntsville, Texas.

Additional Sources:

Sue Flanagan. Sam Houston's Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964.

Sam Houston. Life of General Sam Houston: A Short Biography. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1964.

John Hoyt Williams. Sam Houston: A Biography of the Father of Texas. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters and documents signed by Sam Houston between 1813 and 1861. There are also several undated items as well as two letters written by Sam Houston's son, Sam Houston, in 1868 and 1871 following his father's death. There are a total of 43 items in the collection with the bulk of the items dating between 1836 and 1861.

Materials generally relate to Houston's political activities at the time. Items written or signed during 1836 relate to the Texas Revolution or Houston's role as president of the Republic of Texas. Materials from the 1840s were signed during his tenure as President of the Republic of Texas or Senator from Texas. During the 1860s materials relate to his activities as governor of Texas. Most items are financial or business papers from the government for which Houston worked.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

The material in this collection is in the public domain. However, Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, and all reproduction restrictions apply.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.
Subjects (Persons)
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Subjects
Governors -- Texas.
Legislators -- United States.
United States. Congress. Senate.
Texas -- History -- To 1846.
Formats
Correspondence

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Sam Houston Collection, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Acquisition:

Twenty-six pieces of this collection were presented to the University of Houston in 1981 by Mary Grace and Frank P. Horlock. In 1988 these were combined with Sam Houston materials variously donated by Frell Albright, William B. Bates, Tom Elrod, and George M. Britton.

Processed:

June 1988

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Detailed Description

 
Box Folder
1 1 Houston, Sam. ALS. Fort St. Charles. Nov. 29, 1813.

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1 2 Houston, Sam. DS. Bond (State of Tennessee) executed and signed.

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1 3 Houston, Sam. DS. Land grant (State of Tennessee), No. 7360.

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1 4 Houston, Sam. Petition for Divorce. Nov. 30, 1833.

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1 5 Houston, Sam. DS. Endorsement signature. April 4, 1836.

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1 6 Houston, Sam. DS. Discharge paper for 1st Lieutenant William H. Steele, San Jacinto Camp. April 26, 1836.

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Box Folder
1 7 Houston, Sam. DS. Autograph endorsement. May 25, 1836.

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Box Folder
1 8 Houston, Sam. DS. Promissory note, New Orleans. June 7, 1836.

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1 9 Houston, Sam. DS. Discharge paper for N. W. Burditt, San Augustine. June 15, 1836.

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Box Folder
1 10 Houston, Sam. DS. Discharge paper for Edward S. Jones, Nacogdoches. Sept. 13, 1836.

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Box Folder
1 11 Houston, Sam. DS. Resolution for the sale of bonds. Dec. 24, 1836.

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Box Folder
1 12 Houston, Sam, to Henry Smith. LS. Dec. 26, 1836.

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1 13 Houston, Sam. Endorsement. Dec. 2, 1837.

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1 14 Houston, Sam. First Texian Loan Scrip. June 20, 1838.

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1 15 Houston, Sam. DS. Bond and contract for printing. Dec. 29, 1841.

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Box Folder
1 16 Houston, Sam. DS. Washington on Brazos. May 23, 1841.

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Box Folder
1 17 Houston, Sam. DS. Voucher, Washington on Brazos. Dec. 14, 1843.

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Box Folder
1 18 Houston, Sam. DS. Receipt, Washington on Brazos. Feb. 16, 1844.

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Box Folder
1 19 Houston, Sam. DS. Order for payment, Washington on Brazos. Jan. 2, 1844.

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Box Folder
1 20 Houston, Sam. DS. Invoice and receipt for transporting Indian prisoners. April 1, 1844.

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Box Folder
1 21 Houston, Sam. DS. Treasury warrant. April 1, 1844.

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1 22 Houston, Sam. DS. Washington on Brazos. Nov. 27, 1844.

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Box Folder
1 23 Houston, Sam. DS. Washington on Brazos. Dec. 4, 1844.

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Box Folder
1 24 Houston, Sam. ALS. Houston. Dec. 20, 1845.

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1 25 Houston, Sam. ALS. Washington on Brazos. April 24, 1846.

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1 26 Houston, Sam. ALS. Senate Chamber. April 17, 1848.

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Box Folder
1 27 Houston, Sam. LS to President James K. Polk, [1846-1848].

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1 28 Houston, Sam. DS. Endorsement signature. 1854.

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Box Folder
1 29 Hunt, Z. ALS to Sam Houston. Bellville. Jan. 24, 1855.

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Box Folder
1 30 Houston, Sam. ALS. Washington on Brazos. Feb. 10, 1855.

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Box Folder
1 31 Houston, Sam. DS. Deed, Huntsville. Oct. 11, 1858.

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Box Folder
1 32 Houston, Sam. DS. Treasury warrant, Austin. July 10, 1860.

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Box Folder
1 33 Houston, Sam. DS. Treasury warrant, Austin. Nov. 17, 1860.

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Box Folder
1 34 Houston, Sam. Broadside, signed in type. 2 copies. 1860.

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Box Folder
1 35 Houston, Sam. DS. Treasury warrant, Austin. Feb. 8, 1861.

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Box Folder
1 36 Houston, Sam. Broadside. Feb. 9, 1861.

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Box Folder
1 37 Houston, Sam. Free franked envelope, Washington, D.C. Feb. 11.

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Box Folder
1 38 Houston, Sam. DS. n. d.

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Box Folder
1 39 Photograph reproduction of portrait.

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1 40 Photograph reproduction of portrait.

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Box Folder
1 41 Houston, Samuel. ALS to F. I. Govee. Nov. 13, 1868.

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Box Folder
1 42 Houston, Samuel. ALS to Rodney A. Murcul, Georgetown, Texas. July 6, 1871.

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