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Sam and Antisam2 - Sam and Anti-Sam The Texas Politics...

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Sam and Anti-Sam: The Texas Politics, 1836-1861 (Lecture 2) I. Second Wife Urges Houston to Change His Ways A. First marriage to much younger women ended badly – she left after a short time – gave up promising political career by resigning as governor in Tennessee and went to Texas and Indians called him big drunk i. Houston fell in love with one of the Indian women – Margret Moffit Lea a. He was 26 years older than 21 year old Margret B. He was truly in love with Margret and she gently quelled his drinking C. She knew about his past when she accepted his marriage proposal D. Became baptized because of his wife i. Made many people happy that thought he was passed praying for ii. Said he would pay half the minister’s salary because “his wallet was baptized too” E. Had 8 children with young wife i. Most notable son was Andrew Jackson Houston F. Because of Kansas-Nebraska Bill – many people II. “… The Longest Pole Will Bring Down the Persimmons” Gubernatorial Election of 1857 (Houston vs. Runnels) *** A. Because Houston didn’t vote for of Kansas-Nebraska Bill – many people called for Houston to resign i. Didn’t want to give in – went on attack B. Runnels = ultra conservative democrat C. Houston announces himself for the same office as an independent i. Run on record as Jacksonian democrat D. Said democrats made it “Houston v. anti-Houston and now the whip will
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