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Did you know that General Sam Houston, the first and third president of the Republic of Texas, married an Alabama native?

General Samuel “Sam” Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state.

General Sam Houston was married two times before he married Margaret Lea of Alabama. He 1st married Eliza Allen in Tennessee. But she left him shortly after their marriages and returned to her family for unknown reasons. He was at the time governor of Tennessee, and partly due to the embarrassment of his separation from his wife, he resigned and went west with the Cherokee Indians to Arkansas Territory.

General Sam Houston

General Sam Houston

He was adopted as a citizen of the Cherokee nation and met Mrs Rogers Gentry, a part-Cherokee widow whom he later married under Cherokee law. She refused to accompany him to Texas in 1832 so he officially divorced her in 1837. Tiana died of pneumonia in 1838.

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Samuel Houston, head-and-shoulders portrait in oval medallion, facing right, in Cherokee dress

houston, SAm cherokee dress

In May of 1839, General Sam Houston was on a business trip to Mobile, Alabama, where he met Margaret Lea, daughter of Temple Lea and Nancy Moffett (Lea) at a garden party. In June, Gen. Houston proposed marriage and she said yes, despite her mother’s protests.

Margaret and Gen. Houston were married May 9, 1840 at her brother Henry Clinton Lea’s home on Green Street in Marion, Perry County, Alabama and they traveled to Galveston, Texas to reunite with her mother, who had been living there for eight months.

Henry Clinton Lea’s house Marion, Perry County, Alabama


Gen. Houston became President of the new Republic of Texas and eight children were born to the couple.


Sam Houston died of pneumonia in 1863 at the Steamboat House in Huntsville, Texas. Margaret became a grandmother before her death of yellow fever in 1867 in Independence, Texas.

Mrs. Sam Houston’s house Independence, Washington County, Texas ca. 1940

Houston, Mrs. Sam house independence, TX


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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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