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Sam Houston Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: March 2, 1793 in Rockbridge County, Virginia
Died: July 26, 1863 in Huntsville, Texas
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Sam Houston (1793-1863), a native of Virginia, had moved from Tennessee to the Texas territory in 1832. The soldier-statesman worked with warring factions within Texas, both as a politician and as a military leader. As mentioned in this document, Houston was elected commander-in-chief of the Texas forces on March 1, 1836, just five days before the fall of the Alamo. While he was journeying from Washington to converse with the Texas Commanches on behalf of President Andrew Jackson, William Barret Travis had enlisted troops and took them to the Alamo, where he reported in early February 1836. On March 6, 1836, Travis and his small force, which included Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, held off a superior Mexican force in a final siege that lasted nearly three and a half hours. After the fall of the Alamo, Houston, as newly-elected Texas Army Commander, mustered all possible troops to retaliate against Mexican General Santa Anna, leading them with the battle cry, "Remember the Alamo!" The Texas army would capture Santa Anna at San Jacinto on April 21. After the Texans won their independence from Mexico in 1836, Houston served as the first President of the Republic of Texas (1836-1838). He would again serve as President from 1841-1844. Houston, who was influential in Texas becoming the 28th state in 1845, served as a U.S. Senator from Texas (1846-1859) before becoming Governor of the state (1859-1861). He was deposed as Governor on March 18, 1861 over his refusal to advocate secession from the Union. Upon his removal, Houston retired to his home in Huntsville, Texas. Railroad postmarks from Railway Post Offices (RPO's) were stamped on letters dropped in rail station mailboxes or handed directly to clerks on trains. These railway postmarks are sought after by collectors.
    SAM HOUSTON His free frank as US Senator, signed on an envelope fragment with a railroad postmark Free Frank signed: "Free/Sam Houston", 4¾x1½. Brown envelope fragment with postmark of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Rail Road, March 3, no year, but circa 1854.

    Sale Price $1,190.00


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