Sam Houston was one of the most influential figures in the United States during the mid-1800s and participated in the great policy decisions of the time. Issues such as Indian policy, westward expansion, slavery and secession were hotly debated by Houston and other leaders. This section will introduce you to some of the important people in his life, take you to some of the places where key events took place for Sam Houston, and show some of his personal artifacts which are on display in museums around the country.

Enlargements of the photos in this section are available in the gallery.


Meet some of Houston's friends, enemies, family, and other important players of the mid-1800s. Houston led some of them in battle, and debated many others on the issues of westward expansion, slavery, Indian rights and the Civil War.


Visit the places where key events took place in Houston's life. Many of his homes, campsites, battlefields, churches and places where he held office are accessible today.


See some of Houston's most personal belongings. These and other priceless Houston artifacts are on display in many fine museums.

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