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Sam Houston elected president of Texas

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, History on Thursday, 26 August 2010

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picture, Sam Houston leading his men against the Mexicans

Sam Houston leading his men against the Mexicans. Illustration by Angus McBride

5 September marks the anniversary of the election of Sam Houston to the position of president of the Republic of Texas in 1836. Born in Virginia in 1793, Houston spent some years living with the Cherokees in Tennessee, served in the War of 1812 and was convicted of beating up a Congressman, forcing him to move to Texas.

In Texas, Houston supported independence from Mexico and defeated General Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto; Texas gained its independence and Houston was elected its first president.

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