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SAM HOUSTON(1793 - 1863) American soldier and politician, defeated Santa Anna at San Jacinto and became first president of the Republic of Texas. Good content A.L.S. as candidate for the Governorship of Texas, 1p. 12mo., [n.p.], Sep. 26, 1859, in full: "Dear Sir: Until the official vote is counted at Austin, it will not be known. Then it will be in the newspapers. Truly thine, Sam Houston". A vandal has trimmed the letter about all of the text excising margins and the recipient's name, pencil notation in left margin, else very good. Houston twice ran for governor of Texas, unsuccessfully in 1857 and successfully against Hardin R. Runnels in 1859 as a Unionist, making him the only person in U.S. history to be the governor of two different states. Despite Houston's being a slave owner and against abolition, he opposed the secession of Texas from the Union. In 1860, he offered the following prediction: "Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives you may win Southern independence, but I doubt it. The North is determined to preserve this Union". Against his wishes, Texas seceded from the United States on Feb. 1, 1861, and joined the CSA on March 2, 1861.
Estimate $ 1,000-1,200

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