Texas Rising On History Channel. Who Was The Real General Sam Houston?
Actor Bill Paxton plays the role as General Sam Houston on Texas Rising TV series. Bill Paxton starred in Apollo 13, Weird Science, Twister, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic, among other movies. Also, he starred in the HBO series Big Love (2006–2011) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. No doubt, a great actor and yesterday we could admire him again as General Houston in Texas Rising?
However, how about the character? Who was the real General Houston, so important for the American history?
Houston was born at Timber Ridge Plantation in Rockbridge County of Virginia in 1793, of Scots-Irish descent.
However, he moved to Tennessee and spent time with the Cherokee Nation (into which he was adopted and into which he married). In fact, Houston was elected Governor of Tennessee, although in 1829, he resigned and relocated to Arkansas Territory.
In 1830, Houston visited Washington, DC, to expose the frauds that government agents committed against the Cherokee. But Congressman William Stanbery of Ohio made severe accusations about him and his ‘dark’ businesses. Houston always denied these accusations and confronted him on Pennsylvania Avenue and beat him with a hickory cane. Stanbery drew one of his pistols and pulled the trigger but the gun misfired. On April 17 1832, Congress ordered Houston’s arrest. During his trial was found guilty but he was only lightly reprimanded. Then, Stanbery filed charges against Houston in civil court. Judge William Cranch found Houston liable and assessed him $500 in damages. Houston left the United States for Mexico without paying the judgement.
He relocated to Coahuila y Tejas, a Mexican state, and became a leader of the Texas Revolution. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico.
Of course, he was elected as the first and third President of the Republic of Texas and supported annexation by the United States, becoming a U.S. Senator and finally a governor of Texas in 1859.
As governor, he refused to swear loyalty to the Confederacy when Texas seceded from the Union in 1861 with the outbreak of the American Civil War.
He died in 1863 in Huntsville, Texas.
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