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Sam Houston was Born 220 Years Ago Today

by huckfunn ( 60 Comments › )
Filed under History, Military, Open thread at March 2nd, 2013 - 8:00 am

 

Sam Houston was one of those larger than life characters in United States history who left an indelible footprint on the North American Continent. That footprint is Texas, which, by the way, celebrates its independence from Mexico today. Houston was a large man at 6’2” when the average height of an adult anglo male at the time was 5’6” or 5’7”. With his large stature and force of personality Houston would dominate his chosen venue, battlefield or state house, for close to 50 years.

With no formal education beyond the 6th grade, Houston accomplished all of the following during his lifetime.

– Fought in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson.

– Fought at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend against the Red Sticks where he was wounded twice.

– Elected twice as Congressman from Tennessee

– Elected Governor of Tennessee

– Signed the Texas Declaration of Independence

– Defeated Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, at the Battle of San Jacinto and personally dictated Texas’ independence to Santa Ann while lying wounded under an oak tree.

– Elected twice as President of the Republic of Texas

– Elected Congressman to the Republic of Texas Congress

– Elected Senator to the U.S. Senate

– Elected Governor of the State of Texas

Houston was a slave owner and anti-abolitionist. However he was bitterly opposed Texas’ secession from the Union. When a Texas convention voted to secede in 1861, Governor Houston refused to sign an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy and was forcibly evicted from his office in Austin. He moved to Galveston and gave this address to a crowd of Texans who were angry that he didn’t support the Confederacy:

Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern independence if God be not against you, but I doubt it. I tell you that, while I believe with you in the doctrine of states’ rights, the North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche; and what I fear is, they will overwhelm the South. 

Interesting footnote: One of Sam Houston’s sons, Andrew Jackson Houston was born in 1854 and was named for Sam’s mentor, Andrew Jackson. In 1941, John Morris Shepherd, one of Texas’ 2 U.S. senators, died while in office. Governor Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel appointed Andrew Jackson Houston to serve out the 2 remaining years of Shepherd’s term. Andrew was 86 and at the time, was the oldest person to enter the Senate. He was sworn in as Senator on April 21, 1941. He died in office 2 months later on June 26, 1941, just 5 days after his 87th birthday. Andrew’s term as a senator came 82 years after his father served in that position.

Further Reading on Sam Houston from the Texas State Historical Association.

I highly recommend this Houston biography by John Hoyt Williams.

Sam Houston: The Life and Times of the Liberator of Texas, an Authentic American Hero.

 

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60 Responses to “Sam Houston was Born 220 Years Ago Today”
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  1. RIX
    1 | March 2, 2013 8:14 am

    Good morning. What were the odds that he would be named
    aftre a Texas city?/


  2. 2 | March 2, 2013 8:23 am

    Passed his statue in Bush airport many times……


  3. 3 | March 2, 2013 8:25 am

    RIX wrote:

    Good morning. What were the odds that he would be named
    aftre a Texas city?/

    Spooky.


  4. RIX
    4 | March 2, 2013 8:42 am

    MacDuff wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    Good morning. What were the odds that he would be named
    aftre a Texas city?/

    Spooky.

    It is. How about Lou Gehrig getting a disease named after him?


  5. coldwarrior
    5 | March 2, 2013 8:44 am

    RIX wrote:

    Good morning. What were the odds that he would be named
    aftre a Texas city?/

    MacDuff wrote:

    RIX wrote:
    Good morning. What were the odds that he would be named
    aftre a Texas city?/

    Spooky.

    i know! how strange is that?


  6. RIX
    6 | March 2, 2013 8:51 am

    @ coldwarrior:
    Very odd.


  7. Bumr50
    7 | March 2, 2013 8:51 am

    This is an interesting suit.

    (Giant Eagle is our major grocery chain in Western PA)

    Giant Eagle Inc. claims in a federal antitrust lawsuit filed Friday in Pittsburgh that Pfizer Inc. and India’s largest pharmaceutical company conspired to keep generic versions of Lipitor off the market after Pfizer’s patents expired in March 2010.
    The O’Hara-based grocer is seeking damages equal to the three times the “tens of millions of dollars” that it overpaid when buying the cholesterol-lowering medication wholesale between March 2010 and November 2011, according to the lawsuit. The company is suing New York City-based Pfizer and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. of India.
    Pfizer spokesman Christopher Loder said the company denies Giant Eagle’s allegations.
    “The Lipitor patent settlements, including the settlement with Ranbaxy, were submitted for review to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and are proper and lawful in all respects,” he said.
    A Ranbaxy spokesman declined comment.


  8. coldwarrior
    8 | March 2, 2013 8:54 am

    waht if we throw a sequestration and no one show up?

    Markets View

    Private and government economists have said the cuts may trim economic growth. Investors have signaled they aren’t concerned about the impact on the $15.8 trillion U.S. economy.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) has risen 6.4 percent this year and the dollar led gains in world markets last month.

    The S&P 500 gained 0.2 percent to 1,518.20 yesterday in New York trading, after dropping as much as 0.9 percent earlier as consumer confidence increased and manufacturing grew at the fastest pace since June 2011. The Dollar Index, which tracks the currency against six U.S. trading partners, rose 0.4 percent.


  9. coldwarrior
    9 | March 2, 2013 8:56 am

    @ Bumr50:

    that’s huge. everyone and their brother are on anti-lipid agents


  10. Bumr50
    10 | March 2, 2013 8:56 am

    @ coldwarrior:

    Oh no!!

    The gov’t will have to figure out how to make do with their current level of THEFT!

    Horrors….


  11. coldwarrior
    11 | March 2, 2013 8:59 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    @ coldwarrior:
    Oh no!!
    The gov’t will have to figure out how to make do with their current level of THEFT!
    Horrors….

    .1% gdp growth last quarter and that includes the holiday spending.


  12. Bumr50
    12 | March 2, 2013 9:02 am

    @ coldwarrior:

    GE’s leadership hasn’t faltered much in recent years.

    They must think that they can win.

    It’s good to have someone with GE’s clout taking on Big Pharma when they gouge, as they allegedly did here.

    Class-action suits don’t really do much, but something this size in such a public forum within the business community may keep them away from any shenanigans, IMHO.


  13. coldwarrior
  14. RIX
    14 | March 2, 2013 9:04 am

    I wonder if the Obama Administration will name Dennis
    Rodman as a roving ambassador to dysfunctional
    countries.
    The NORK thing worked out so well.


  15. coldwarrior
    15 | March 2, 2013 9:06 am

    @ Bumr50:

    pfizer cheated. they need to pay up.


  16. RIX
    16 | March 2, 2013 9:15 am

    @ Bumr50:
    A Pharma has a right to a reasonable patent time frame due
    to their R&D costs.
    But they apply for extensions or just block competitors
    The consumer gets gouged.


  17. huckfunn
    17 | March 2, 2013 9:21 am

    No major objections to Keystone XL oil pipeline, State Department says. However, SOS John Fraud Kerry is a big time global whiner and I’ll bet that he finds some way to kill the deal once and for all.


  18. Fritz Katz
    18 | March 2, 2013 9:21 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    sequestration, much to do about nothing.

    Pig are flying and our MFM media (WaPo, CNN, and even CBS) are now calling the Dear Leader a 4-Pinocchio LIAR for this statement:

    OBAMA: “Starting tomorrow everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol. Now that Congress has left, somebody’s going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage. They’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.”

    So instead of just taking Obama’s word for it, some actual reporters (I didn’t know there were any left!) verified the statement by checking with the supervisors and security guards.

    Of course, when questioned by the reporters, the Capitol superintendent doesn’t refer to Obama by name, but rather as a “high ranking official.”


  19. Bumr50
    19 | March 2, 2013 9:23 am

    @ RIX:

    From March 2010 to November 2011?

    That’s A LOT OF MONEY that they took.

    Giant Eagle alone is suing for “two to three times” the “tens of millions.”

    That’s just THEIR costs. One grocery chain’s pharmacy.

    Pfizer’s in trouble, and they should be.

    (If Bush were POTUS, this would be big, national news already. We would know how much stock the Bushes had in Pfizer. It may still get wide media attention, but all anybody seems to want to talk about is how Republicans are going to cost jobs and kill people outright by allowing a little bit of frugality.)


  20. coldwarrior
    20 | March 2, 2013 9:26 am

    Fritz Katz wrote:

    So instead of just taking Obama’s word for it, some actual reporters (I didn’t know there were any left!) verified the statement by checking with the supervisors and security guards.

    well, is the worm turning, first woodward, now this….


  21. RIX
    21 | March 2, 2013 9:27 am

    @ Bumr50:
    Big Pharma has a friend in the White House.
    They traded support for ObamaCare for the contiuation
    of blocking imports from Canada.
    An unholy alliance.


  22. Bumr50
    22 | March 2, 2013 9:27 am

    @ Fritz Katz:

    I don’t want to jump the gun here, but for the past three weeks the media worm has appeared to turn away from Soetoro.

    I think what started it all was when the libtool reporters weren’t allowed on the golf course.

    Of course, this could all be easily premeditated to give the appearance of an impartial press.

    I just think that it’s funny that, if indeed this is a media rebellion against POTUS, it all started on the golf course…


  23. RIX
    23 | March 2, 2013 9:31 am

    Thousands of illegals waiting for deportation
    released & ICE says that they are all low risk
    & will somehow be monitored, Riiiiiight.
    And like Benghazi, nobody knows anything.


  24. Bumr50
    24 | March 2, 2013 9:34 am

    @ RIX:

    J-Nap “surprised”!!


  25. huckfunn
    25 | March 2, 2013 9:41 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    I just think that it’s funny that, if indeed this is a media rebellion against POTUS, it all started on the golf course…

    I don’t really envision a rebellion by MSM, just a minor rebuke to their god. Obama has gotten so comfortable with telling any lie about any issue and having the MSM booklickers give him a pass. The sequester thing simply got out of hand with every dem trying to out-do the other with absurd predictions of doom. I think Maxine Water’s comment about “170 million jobs lost” was the corker. MFM simply felt the need to grasp at any last shreds of credibility that any of them had.


  26. RIX
    26 | March 2, 2013 9:43 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    @ RIX:

    J-Nap “surprised”!!

    She thinks that maybe they will slow down more releases.
    Obama wants to create pain & blame the Republicans.


  27. RIX
    27 | March 2, 2013 9:45 am

    @ huckfunn:
    The MSM is the Media Wing of the constant Obama Campaign.


  28. Bumr50
    28 | March 2, 2013 9:48 am

    A primer:

    TRILLION DOLLARS: This is a silly number. If someone says: “The U.S. national debt has topped 16 trillion,” take it easy. Remember how Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to fifteen life terms while having only one life?

    Once you owe more than you can pay, numbers stop making sense. Anything above that is free money; spend it fast so you can get more.

    SE-QUE-STRA-TION: This is just a made-up word that Republicans say to make you feel stupid.

    MUSLIMS: These are like the blue people from the movie Avatar — they live in a magic tree and don’t need human technology or any of our laws like gravitation, because they have a miraculous energy source inside their planet. Humans must respect that, and send them humanitarian aid. But instead, an evil corporation from Earth brings drilling equipment; that’s why all humans get killed.

    ISRAEL: This is like the evil corporation from Avatar that landed on the blue people’s planet.

    Hilarious!

    ht – PJMedia and Oleg Atbashian, one of the funniest guys I’ve ever read.


  29. huckfunn
    29 | March 2, 2013 9:56 am

    RIX wrote:

    @ huckfunn:
    The MSM is the Media Wing of the constant Obama Campaign.

    Full-fledged organ of the dem party. But they are melting slowly but surely. WAPO and NYFT are laying off staff and closing entire departments on a quarterly basis. Only 10% of the peeps now obtain their news from newspapers. CNN continues to tank.


  30. Bumr50
    30 | March 2, 2013 9:59 am

    @ huckfunn:

    I’d hate to try and cut my teeth in journalism right now.

    One wonders at what point these young minds are forced to decide whether to be a “team player” or a pariah within the industry.

    I’ve no insight into whatever machinations go on between j schools and industry leaders, but it must be brutal.

    I’m not excusing their decision, just wondering aloud how the process works that takes people who are interested in journalism (if any such person is even accepted) and turns them into tools.


  31. RIX
    31 | March 2, 2013 9:59 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    @ huckfunn:
    The MSM is the Media Wing of the constant Obama Campaign.

    Full-fledged organ of the dem party. But they are melting slowly but surely. WAPO and NYFT are laying off staff and closing entire departments on a quarterly basis. Only 10% of the peeps now obtain their news from newspapers. CNN continues to tank.

    The MSM is in decline & their credibility is shot.
    The bitter pill is that they are staring to see that their
    hero Obama really doesn’t give a damn about them.
    They are just his useful fools.


  32. Bumr50
    32 | March 2, 2013 10:00 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    tools.

    RIX wrote:

    fools

    Take your pick.


  33. RIX
    33 | March 2, 2013 10:06 am

    @ Bumr50:
    Both work.


  34. huckfunn
    34 | March 2, 2013 10:16 am

    @ Bumr50:
    @ RIX:
    I’ve been a current events junkie all of my life and at one time considered getting my degree in journalism. At some point I figured out that the only people making any dough in journalism are the people at the very top of the biz. If you ever wonder how journalism is taught in the major universities, here is a prime example. No Thanks for Thanksgiving. Robert Jensen is a “highly acclaimed” professor of journalism at UT.


  35. Bumr50
    35 | March 2, 2013 10:25 am

    @ huckfunn:

    Not even well written.


  36. RIX
    36 | March 2, 2013 10:27 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    @ Bumr50:
    @ RIX:
    I’ve been a current events junkie all of my life and at one time considered getting my degree in journalism. At some point I figured out that the only people making any dough in journalism are the people at the very top of the biz. If you ever wonder how journalism is taught in the major universities, here is a prime example. No Thanks for Thanksgiving. Robert Jensen is a “highly acclaimed” professor of journalism at UT.

    I took some Journalism classes in college & really enjoyed them.
    To earn a living at it though, you have to catch a break.


  37. RIX
    37 | March 2, 2013 10:31 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    @ huckfunn:

    Not even well written.

    But he has the required anti American theme.
    That keeps his faculty lounge cred intact.


  38. huckfunn
    38 | March 2, 2013 10:37 am

    RIX wrote:

    But he has the required anti American theme.
    That keeps his faculty lounge cred intact.

    Exactly. When you see all of the anti-American, white-guilt crap being spewed on MSNBC, WAPO, CNN, etc…, it comes directly from the schools of journalism.


  39. EBL
    39 | March 2, 2013 10:43 am

    I like this Blogmocracy post. It is well written. Thanks for reminding me. Remembering Sam Houston…


  40. Bumr50
    40 | March 2, 2013 10:51 am

    @ EBL:

    Nice catch with the sea turtle!

    Bluegill fish fry sounds good too.

    Did the local “Huntz’s Tavern” for Friday fish last night. Old Germans, and they do the fish in what tastes like their potato pancake batter.

    They also do turtle soup!

    Except the last time I was in there for a drink, the bartender said that they had to buy “imported” turtle rather than using the local snapper variety because of some law.


  41. RIX
    41 | March 2, 2013 10:59 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    But he has the required anti American theme.
    That keeps his faculty lounge cred intact.

    Exactly. When you see all of the anti-American, white-guilt crap being spewed on MSNBC, WAPO, CNN, etc…, it comes directly from the schools of journalism.

    That’s it. Polls of incoming J School students show that their
    main reason is to “change the world.”
    That is why they shamelessly slobber over Obama, they see
    him as a change agent.
    Whatever happened to “Who, what , where & why”?


  42. Bumr50
    42 | March 2, 2013 11:02 am

    RIX wrote:

    Whatever happened to “Who, what , where & why”?

    “Booo-riiiiing.”

    //


  43. huckfunn
    43 | March 2, 2013 11:10 am

    EBL wrote:

    I like this Blogmocracy post. It is well written. Thanks for reminding me. Remembering Sam Houston…

    Thanks, EBL. Sam Houston is one of the most remarkable people in U.S. history and accomplished more than most U.S. presidents. My only beef with Houston is that he didn’t hang Santa Anna from that oak tree. It would have saved us at least one war and several decades of border incursions.


  44. Bumr50
    44 | March 2, 2013 11:17 am

    @ huckfunn:

    Restraint is sometimes virtuous, but at the same time foolish.

    It’s a great man that’s in a position to act in such manners that affect history so greatly.


  45. 45 | March 2, 2013 11:32 am

    Houston also had the best idea on how Texas should handle the Late Unpleasantness. He went along with secession but argued that joining the Confederacy was stupid.

    The opening chapters of Ramsdell’s “Reconstruction in Texas” made abundantly clear how right Houston was: thousands of lives lost, the state broke, and complete breakdown of public order.


  46. huckfunn
    46 | March 2, 2013 11:33 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    @ huckfunn:

    Restraint is sometimes virtuous, but at the same time foolish.

    It’s a great man that’s in a position to act in such manners that affect history so greatly.

    That’s true and it’s hard to argue with an act of mercy. However, Santa Anna was responsible for the murder of hundreds of captured Texians at the Alamo, Goliad as well as countless civilians as he marched through Texas. He deserved a rope, not mercy.


  47. 47 | March 2, 2013 11:33 am

    @ huckfunn:
    Would’ve spared Mexico a lot of pain, too, I suspect.


  48. huckfunn
    48 | March 2, 2013 11:41 am

    @ Zimriel:
    Yep. Santa Anna was a 100% evil dictator and was as brutal to the Mexican people as he was to the Texians.


  49. coldwarrior
    49 | March 2, 2013 11:46 am

    @ huckfunn:

    has houston given a reason for not showing santa anna the stout hemp rope?


  50. huckfunn
    50 | March 2, 2013 11:48 am

    Well, I guess I need to do something useful. We had a big windstorm earlier this week and I have shingles scattered all over my yard. The insurance company is replacing about 1/2 of the shingles.

    Later.


  51. huckfunn
    51 | March 2, 2013 11:51 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    @ huckfunn:

    has houston given a reason for not showing santa anna the stout hemp rope?

    I need to research that to see what he actually said about it. He came under a lot of critisism for not hanging SA. However, sparing SA would be typical of Houston. He was in favor of peace with the Indians. Presidents Lamar and Runnells would have killed every last one of them.


  52. RIX
    52 | March 2, 2013 11:53 am

    @ huckfunn:
    That’s true and it’s hard to argue with an act of mercy. However, Santa Anna was responsible for the murder of hundreds of captured Texians at the Alamo, Goliad as well as countless civilians as he marched through Texas. He deserved a rope, not mercy.

    I just watched the movie version of the Alamo where John
    Wayne plays Davie Crockett.
    Great view. Heck, I would pay to see the Duke play Hamlet


  53. huckfunn
    53 | March 2, 2013 11:57 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    @ huckfunn:

    has houston given a reason for not showing santa anna the stout hemp rope?

    I just found this: Why Did Sam Houston spare the life of Santa Anna?
    by Otho C. Morrow, Past Master Holland Lodge No.1 Great-Grandson of Sam Houston.
    An interesting read. I’m still going through it.


  54. RIX
    54 | March 2, 2013 11:57 am

    @ coldwarrior:
    Texas Masonic History

    Why Did Sam Houston spare the life of Santa Anna?

    by Otho C. Morrow,Past Master Holland Lodge No.1 Great-Grandson of Sam Houston

    Over the years, articles regarding Houston’s treatment of Santa Anna at San Jacinto, reportedly taken from the files of early newspapers, have appeared in our Masonic publications. In the main, these articles have attributed Houston’s refusal to permit the execution of Santa Anna to his having given Houston the Masonic sign of distress. As a result of these articles, it now seems to be the accepted belief of many members of the fraternity that the humane treatment accorded Santa Anna by Houston was in direct response to the giving of the sign

    Maybe?


  55. RIX
    55 | March 2, 2013 11:58 am

    Later Gators.


  56. Bumr50
    56 | March 2, 2013 12:02 pm

    @ RIX:

    While dile.


  57. coldwarrior
    57 | March 2, 2013 12:17 pm

    new thread.


  58. 58 | March 2, 2013 8:07 pm

    @ huckfunn:
    Houston was right about the Comanches, too. When Lamar attacked them, he got his ass beat. Houston got voted back in under a peace platform.


  59. Speranza
    59 | March 2, 2013 10:22 pm

    Sam Houston was a Unionist.


  60. 60 | March 3, 2013 1:13 am

    @ Speranza:
    I know he was a moderate Unionist, like Bell or Douglas. I said that Houston “went along” with his Democratic legislature, not that he led them… But you are right that I wasn’t clear enough.

    It was when the legislature joined the Confederacy that he couldn’t be the leader of the state anymore.


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