Sam Houston Essay

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Sam Houston was born in the year March 2, 1793. He lived a life full of adventure, and with long lasting achievements. Houston was a courageous man, practical, peacemaker, sensible, and full of determination. Houston left home when he was a boy of age fourteen, and since then he never was the same again. He decided to live with the Native Indians; the Cherokee tribe settling with them by learning their language and native ways. Houston was an ambitious man in the political arena. He became the first and only man to ever become a governor of two states; Tennessee, and Texas, commander in chief in the army, and United States senator. Though he faced controversy, this did not stop him from proceeding with his ambition rather he fought for what he thought was right and fair. Houston had shortcomings with drinking but in a way it was never an issue with his political aspirations. He also had a difficult time getting married, after his first and second marriage failed, he never gave up but eventually end up marrying Margaret Lea who stood by him till his death in 1863.
Houston was a practical man, was elected in the as a congressman in the House of Representatives. He was able to learn very fast the legislative process by being observant to the most dominant men in the house. He also learnt ways of being able to do favors for his constituents. He basically referred to Andrew Jackson who was one of his very good friends, who he campaigned for and supported during his presidential race. Although his association with Andrew Jackson was controversial, this did not deter Houston from speaking his mind in the House of Representatives or with the people in the campaign trail.
Houston’s courage was depicted in various ways: He had no experience in the political arena, but he managed to work in the Attorney General’s office. He knew how to do his job well. His personality had the qualities of a courageous man, and this prompted voters to be able to see him as a potential candidate and due to this his political aspirations elevated. Another courageous trait of Houston was when he opposed the Kansa-Nebraska bill he made it clear that he was not antislavery or antisouthern. “And I am determined that while I live in it, none of the fraternal bonds which bind it to this Union shall be broken” (170).
Houston was opposed to the Annexation of Texas, which was against his loyalty to Texas. He felt that his Union that he had fought for was being destroyed. “I have declared myself in favor of peace, of harmony, of compromise in order to obtain fair expression...

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