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FANTASTIC, ORIGINAL SIGNED NOTE FROM THE LEGENDARY TEXAS FIGURE SAM HOUSTON. This terrific 19th century autographed letter [i.e.,note] signedwas penned by Houston as the result of an autograph request by an unnamed recipient. Here hewrites: "I have had the honor to receive your request for my autograph, and with pleasure I comply. / Truly yr Friend / Sam Houston".
Houston's bold signature, consuming nearly half the page along with his accompanying calligraphic scroll, compares favorably to any known example of his signature we were able to locate from online data bases. This piece was for years in the possession of Minneapolis businessman,philanthropist and noted collector of historical documents, Allyn Kellogg Ford. A truly exceptional signed piece by the celebrated Texan which should be matted, framed, and prominently displayed for all to see.
"Between Hernando de Soto, first to blaze a trail through the wilderness of the New World, and Kit Carson, last of the great frontiersmen, streams an endless procession of tremendous figures--Homeric in courage and achievement, flaming hugely against the dull background of uniformity; yet not in the whole colorful story of America is there record of a more amazing career than that of Sam Houston, the Colossus in buckskin who won an empire for his country." [Creel, George. Sam Houston: Colossus in Buckskin. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corp., 1928].
"Sam Houston led a small army of volunteers who defeated a larger professional Mexican army commanded by Santa Anna, gaining independence for the Republic of Texas in 1836. Although little known, the Texans' victory at San Jacinto ranks as one of the most decisive victories in the history of warfare. Houston dedicated most of his career both before and after the battle to politics, but his brief time in military command significantly influenced the shape and future of Texas as well as the United States." [Lanning, Michael Lee. The Military 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Leaders of All Time. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp., 2002].
Samuel "Sam" Houston (1793-1863), was a celebrated 19th-century statesman, politician, and soldier. He was born in Timber Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, of Scots-Irish descent. Houston became a key figure in the history of Texas and was elected as the first and third President of the Republic of Texas, U.S. Senator for Texas after it joined the United States, and finally as a governor of the state. Because of his convictions, he refused to swear loyalty to the Confederacy when Texas seceded from the Union in 1861 with the outbreak of the Civil War, and was removed from office. To avoid bloodshed, he refused an offer of a Union army to put down the Confederate rebellion. Instead, he retired to Huntsville, Texas, where he died before the end of the Civil War.
His earlier life included migration to Tennessee from Virginia, time spent with the Cherokee Nation [into which he later was adopted as a citizen and took a wife], military service in the War of 1812, and successful participation in Tennessee politics. Houston is the only person in U.S. history to have been the governor of two different states [although other men had served as governors of more than one American territory].
In 1827 Houston was elected Governor of Tennessee as a Jacksonian. In 1829 Houston resigned as Governor and relocated to Arkansas Territory. In 1832 Houston was involved in an altercation with a U.S. Congressman, followed by a high-profile trial. Shortly afterwards he relocated to Coahuila y Tejas, then a Mexican state, and became a leader of the Texas Revolution. Sam Houston supported annexation by the United States. The city of Houston is named after him. Houston's reputation was honored after his death: posthumous commemoration has included a memorial museum, a U.S. Army base, a national forest, a historical park, a university, and the largest free-standing statue of an American.
Condition: Rareautographed noteremains in very good condition [see images]. A bit of mild toning, minor creasing, typical folds,generally clean with ink bold and legible throughout.Single sheetmeasures approx 8" x 10". Quite a find and a very worthy acquisition indeed.
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