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Born Samuel Houston on March 2, 1793, in Virginia, United States, Sam Houston was the seventh Governor of Texas and was well-known as the politician, lawyer, soldier, and leader of the Texas Revolution.
After the Battle of Gonzales in 1832, Sam settled in Texas. He helped organize the provisional government of Texas and was also selected as the ranking officer in the Texas Army.
Houston played a vital role in the victory of the Texan army at the Battle of San Jacinto. After their victory, Houston won the 1836 president election in Texas. He played a vital role in the annexation of Texas in 1845, and in 1846, Sam Houston became the elected member to represent Texas in the United States Senate.
In 1859, Sam Houston won the election and became the elected governor of Texas. Read the 31 most popular Sam Houston quotes to inspire you.
Sam Houston was a natural leader and became a top-ranked official of the country under General Andrew Jackson. He was known for his bravery in the Battles of San Jacinto and Horseshoe Bend. Houston was also known as the first soldier to jump over a barricade and charge the enemy.
Find here the all-time famous Sam Houston quotes.
"I would lay down my life to defend any one of the States from aggression, which endangered peace or threatened its institutions. I could do more for the union, but I wish to do more; for the destruction of the union would be the destruction of all the states."
"But if through division in the ranks of those opposed to Mr. Lincoln, he should be elected, we have no excuse for dissolving the union."
"From that, I rather derive some consolation because I know that I could not be in better company, and no differences can arise between myself and myself."
"I humble myself before God, and there the list ends."
"I am aware that in presenting myself as the advocate of the Indians and their rights, I shall stand very much alone."
"The fuss is over, and the sun yet shines as ever. What next?"
"I am making myself less frequent in the Lady World than I have been. I must keep up my dignity, or rather, I must attend more to politics and less to love."
"In the name of the constitution of Texas, which has been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. I love Texas too well to bring civil strife and bloodshed upon her."
(Sam Houston joined the United States Army to fight in the 1812 War. Read the Sam Houston war quotes.)
Sam Houston led the Texan troops to the victorious path at the Battle of San Jacinto over Mexican forces, which gained him his first presidential position in the Lone Star Republic. In 1845, he also became the first two US senators to represent Texas after it joined United States Senate. Find here the most famous Sam Houston quotes about the civil war and power.
"Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."
"My God, is it possible that all the people have gone mad? The civil war now being inaugurated will be as horrible as his Satanic Majesty could desire."
"Our people are going to war to perpetuate slavery, but the war will be its death knell."
"This feeling has impressed my heart by the instruction and example of the great man (Andrew Jackson) whom when I was a boy, I followed as a soldier."
"We are poor, feeble, and blind mortals when the eye of the Almighty looks through all worlds and by his power executes all things aright, and by his grace, he makes us all rich in Heavenly Gifts. In distress and in bereavements, we can look only to him."
"I preferred measuring deer tracks to tape - that I liked the wild liberty of the Red men better than the tyranny of my brothers."
"I would give no thought of what the world might say of me if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man."
"I declare that civil war is inevitable and is near at hand. When it comes the descendants of the heroes of Lexington and Bunker Hill will be found equal in patriotism, courage, and heroic endurance with the descendants of the heroes of Cowpens and Yorktown."
Sam Houston was honored by the Texas people in numerous ways and was named the eponym of the Houston city. He remained a leader who helped improve other people's lives by improving the living system. Read eight top inspirational Sam Houston quotes curated from his speeches and declarations.
"A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under."
"Fellow citizens, in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath."
"Whether his policy was right or wrong, he built up the glory of the nation."
"Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasures and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern independence if God is not against you, but I doubt it."
"A victim of the use of water as a beverage."
"Remember that whatever may be said by a lady or her friends, it is not part of the conduct of a gallant or generous man to take up arms against a woman."
"Nothing can be better calculated to advance our interests and character than the establishment of a liberal and disinterested policy, enlightened by patriotism and guided by wisdom."
"We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nervous about the contest and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: none is at hand. We must now act or abandon all hope!"
Samuel Houston was the only person to refuse the allegiance oath to the confederacy and held the privilege as the only individual to become the elected governor of two different states of the United States. Besides, Houston also served as the first and third president of Independent Texas. Find below the Sam Houston quotes.
"Texas will again lift its head and stand among the nations…. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages."
"Texas, to be respected must be polite. Santa Anna living can be of incalculable benefit to Texas; Santa Anna dead would just be another dead Mexican."
"Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States cannot make it without Texas."
"All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men."
"Bear in Mind…that all Histories from the Rock at Plymouth, and Jamestown to the present time, have been made by white men, and a man who tells his own story, is always right until the adversary's tale is told."
"Texas is the finest portion of the globe that has ever blessed my vision!"
"The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government."
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