George Smith Houston Letters
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of eight letters, dated from 1842 to 1861 (five holograph and three typescript copies) written by George Smith Houston. The holographs are recommendations for various positions (midshipman, post masters, head of the bureau of provisions & clothing, subscription agent, and naval physician). The three typescripts are copies of letters and may be copies of letters in the Alabama Department of Archives and History. There is one to D.S. Dalton, dated April 30, 1859 that contains Houston’s corrections to Dalton’s biographical sketch. It is in this letter that he states, “I am a little sensitive just now about my age but if important in yr view put it in – 17th January 1809…” The other two letters written to Governor A. B. Moore of Alabama, dated August 1, 1961 and August 27, 1861, in which he reports on the political conditions of Walker, Winston, and adjacent counties.
- 1842 - 1861
- Houston, George S. (George Smith) (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
George Smith Houston was born near Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee on January 17, 1811 (in a letter to D.S. Dalton, dated April 30, 1859, he stated that he was born on January 17, 1809), the son of David and Hannah Pugh (Reagan) Houston. The family moved to Lauderdale County Alabama circa 1821 and became farmers. He read law in the office of Judge George Coalter in Florence, Alabama, completed his studies in Judge Boyle’s law school in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and was admitted to the bar in 1831. He was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1832 for Lauderdale County. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served from 1841 to 1849 and again from 1851 to 1861 when Alabama seceded from the United States. After the war he was Senator-elect to the United States Senate in 1866, but was not permitted to take his seat, as Alabama was still under Reconstruction. He served as Governor of Alabama from 1874 to 1878. He was then re-elected to the United States Senate and served from 1879 until his death in 1879.
0.2 Linear Feet (8 letters, 13 pages)
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Letters, dated from 1842 to 1861 (five holograph and three typescript copies) written by George Smith Houston. The holographs are recommendations for various positions and the three typescripts are copies of letters and may be copies of letters in the Alabama Department of Archives and History. One is to D.S. Dalton that contains Houston’s corrections to Dalton’s biographical sketch. The other two letters are written to Governor A. B. Moore of Alabama in which he reports on the political conditions of Walker, Winston, and adjacent counties.
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