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Samuel Houston

Cast after
Henry Dexter, 11 Oct 1806 - 23 Jun 1876
Sitter
Samuel Houston, 2 Mar 1793 - 26 Jul 1863
Date
1969 cast after 1860 original
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Without Base: 53.3 x 35.6 x 25.4cm (21 x 14 x 10")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.69.82
Exhibition Label
After fighting Indians with Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston became governor and then a congressman in Tennessee until a murky marital scandal killed his political career in 1829. By 1835 he was training a small army in Texas as American colonists there resisted Mexican restrictions on them. When war broke out, Houston led his army to victory and was elected first president of the Republic of Texas. Although he argued for independence, in 1846 he agreed to Texas's annexation by the United States. Houston served Texas as a senator and governor, but resigned the governorship when Texas moved to secede from the Union in 1861.
Provenance
(Roman Bronze Works, Inc.), New York; purchased NPG 1969
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 124