Samuel Houston

QUESTION:  Which of the following states has a city named after Sam Houston?
A)  California
B)  Iowa
C)  West Virginia
D)  Minnesota

Happy December!  To celebrate the beginning of the last month of 2016, the American Treasure Tour blog would like to honor Sam Houston, whose image is displayed near those of Meade and Johnston in our Toy Box.  For the record, we are unaware of any relevance of December 1st to Houston, but hey, why not?  Houston was a pretty remarkable figure who it can be said definitely left his mark on American history.  Born in a Rockbridge County, Virginia log cabin in 1793, his father had fought under the famed rifleman Daniel Morgan during the American Revolutionary War. After his father's death, Houston, his mother, and his seven siblings moved west into Tennessee. He was sixteen the year he ran away and started a new life with the Cherokee, learning their language and their culture. Come the War of 1812, he joined General Andrew Jackson in his fight against the Crow at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and found an ally whose influence shaped the rest of Houston's life.

Houston became a lawyer in 1818.  Four years later, Tennessee elected him to the House of Representatives.  He quit in 1827 to become Governor of Tennessee, but became disillusioned with how the United States was treating the Cherokee.  This led to a duel, then a beating, then a hasty retreat to Mexican Texas. There, he got caught up in the independence movement, signing the Texas Declaration of Independence, then leading troops to a stunning victory in the eighteen-minute long Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. His fame led to his election as President of the Republic of Texas twice. When Texas was annexed by the United States in 1845, he their first Senator - the only man in American history to be a Senator representing two different states. He was actually the Governor of Texas in 1861 when the state voted to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy, and the only acting southern governor to vote against secession.  He was ousted from power, and retired from public life, dying in Huntsville, Texas in 1863.

ANSWER:  D)  Minnesota.  There is also a Houston in MIssissippi and, of course, Texas.