BC: Published February 2012
FC: Sam Houston
1: Sam Houston was born on March 2, 1793 in Timber Ridge, Virginia.
3: Sam Houston joined the military after the second war with England. He rose to first lieutenant because he earned the respect of his men and superiors. He left the military in 1818 to study law.
5: He became the US Congress in 1823 and again in 1825. In 1827, Houston was elected Governor of Tennessee. He moved to Texas in 1832. In 1835, Houston was appointed general of the military district east of the Trinity. He was elected to be the commander-in-chief of the Texas army in 1836. He was the first president of Texas, serving from 1839-1841.