By Robert Gear
Without Sam Houston, there would not be a Texas.
Birth Early childhood War of 1812 Election
1793 1808 1814 1823
decided to run
Sam Houston for U.S.
spent time with Sam Houston representative
On March 2, Sam the Cherokee was wounded and became a
Houston was born Indians when he four times in the US
in Rockbridge was in battle of Creek Congressman
Country, Virginia. Tennessee. Wars. for Tennessee.
Marriage Resignation Independence The Alamo
1829 1829 1836 1836
On March 2,
Sam Houston Houston and
marries Eliza Allen. several other men
Eliza Allen goes on signed Texas’s On March 6, 1,500
to leave Houston Sam Declaration of Mexican soldiers
because he had a Houston Independence. attacked the Alamo.
drinking problem. decides to Houston was 189 Texan soldiers
Later that year, resign from made fought to the death
Houston marries his post in Commander and defending the
Tiana Rogers. Tennessee. Chief. church.
Texas enters the Election for
Battle of San Jacinto Union Governor Death
1836 1845 1859 1863
On April 21, Santa Anna, the
commander of the Mexican
Army, cornered Sam
Houston’s troops. When the On December 29, the Sam Houston was
Mexican army rested, the United States annexed elected Governor
Texans attacked and Texas. This led to the of Texas after he Sam Houston
defeated Santa Anna’s Mexican war which the left the U.S. died on July 26,
troops. United States won. Senate. 1863.
Battle of Horseshoe Bend Battle of San Jacinto
• Sam Houston joined the • Sam Houston decided to
army in 1813 during the let Santa Anna chase him
War of 1812. In 1814, east, which became
Houston fought against known as the Runaway
the Creek Indians. He Scrape. On April 21,
was wounded in the leg 1839, after he was
and ordered to leave. He cornered, Sam Houston
returned later and was attacked the Mexicans
wounded three more when they stopped to
times in a charge. rest. The Mexicans were
•Sam Houston lived with his
mother, his four older brothers,
a younger brother, his three
sisters, and his father.
•His family was poor because
his father was in the militia
and could not run the
•When he was fifteen he ran
away to live with the Cherokee
Later Family Life
Later on, in 1840, Sam Houston remarried to
Margaret Lea in Alabama. Margaret Lea
helped Sam stop drinking, and got him to
join the Baptist church. They were married
26 years until death. Sam Houston has a
peaceful family life with Margaret Lea. They
had eight children.
• Sam Houston led Texas army to victory
over Santa Anna in the Battle of San
• He was the Governor of Tennessee and
• He was a Senator and Congressman.
• He became a military hero when he fought
against the Creek Indians.
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