SAM HOUSTON

2nd president of Texas

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Samuel Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia. He was a lawyer, congressman, and senator in Tennessee. He moved to Texas in 1832, and became commander of the Texas army. Houston was married 3 times, and had 2 kids.

SAM HOUSTON IN THE TEXAS REVOLUTION

Houston was the commander of the Texas army. Sam Houston was in Washington on the Brazos while the battle of the Alamo, but after Houston defeated Mexican General Santa Anna at San Jacinto to secure Texan independence.

SAM HOUSTON AS PRESIDENT

Texas had a debt of over one million dollars after the Texas Revolution.Houston reduced government spending by disbanding the army, raised custom taxes on goods and raised property taxes. Under Houston the Texas government issued “Star Money “. Houston wanted Texas to join the United States. In 1836 he sent representatives to the U.S. to seek Annexation. The Annexation bill didn’t pass the U.S. congress because of slavery