Vol 8, No 207
July 26, 1863
Sam Houston dies at home in Huntsville
Sam Houston dies
On this date in 1863, former Governor and President of Texas, Sam Houston died at his home, Steamboat House, in Huntsville.
Before coming to Texas, Houston was governor of Tennessee and was a friend of Andrew Jackson. He resigned the governorship and eventually came to Mexican Texas in 1932. He was made commander of the Texan army during the Texas Revolution, leading the Texans to victory at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Houston served two terms as Texas first President, retiring in 1844. Once Texas joined the union in 1845, Houston was elected to the U.S.Senate. In 1859, Houston was inaugurated as Governor of Texas, but his opposition to Texas joining the Confederacy led to his forced resignation in 1861.
Sam Houston died before the war ended. He was 70 years old.
Texas Singer makes Blues Recording
On this date in 1923, Hillsboro born, blues singer Maggie Jones, aka Fae Barnes, became the first Texan to be recorded. In her short career, she would record with such greats as Louis Armstrong, among others. As the Great Depression set in, she moved to Dallas where she eventually became lost to history.
Cattleman Charles Goodnight marries Molly Dyer.
On this date in 1870, Charles Goodnight married Mary Ann (Molly) Dyer, a school teacher from Weatherford. Goodnight, now 34, developed a practical sidesaddle for his wife to use.
Goodnight had been active in driving Longhorn Cattle from Texas to the rail head in Kansas, along a route dubbed the Goodnight Trail.