One thing about history, what we learn from the school books rarely tells the complete story. Many things get left out, twisted, or completely ignored. In Sam's case, the part often left out may change the way you think about him.
Houston opposed the secession of Texas to the Confederacy.
.Sam Houston photographed by Mathew Brady.
Although a slaveholder himself, Houston repeatedly voted against the spread of slavery to new territories of the United States during his 13 years in the Senate. An ardent advocate of the Union, Houston was the only Southern governor to oppose secession in the lead-up to the Civil War. Over his opposition, a state convention voted on February 1, 1861, to secede by a margin of 168 to. 8. When Houston refused a month later to swear allegiance to the Confederate States of America, the Texas legislature deposed him and replaced him with the pro-Confederacy lieutenant governor. Houston turned down a Union offer to lead a 50,000-man force against the Confederate rebels and retired to Huntsville, Texas, where he died in 1863.
Well, I hope I managed to tell ya something new about Sam. His early history makes for some interesting, in case you're interested.
Coffee out on the patio this morning. Temps are suppose to go up to 72.