Houston, Samuel Known as "Sam." 1793-1863.
American soldier and politician who fought in the Texan struggle for independence from Mexico and became president of the Republic of Texas (1836-1838 and 1841-1844). When Texas was admitted to the Union, he served as US senator (1845-1859) and governor (1859-1861).
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