Margaret Lea Houston
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Margaret Lea Houston

First Lady of the Republic/state of Texas
Female
Born Apr 11, 1819
Hometown Marion
Died Dec 3, 1867
Death Place Independence
Alma Mater Judson Female Ins...
Other Names Margaret Moffette...

Margaret Lea Houston was married to Sam Houston in 1840; she was his third wife. She became the First Lady of Texas in 1841 during his second term as the President of the Republic of Texas, and again when he was elected Governor of the state of Texas after it was annexed by the United States. Managing a staff of twelve slaves, she was chiefly responsible for furnishing the Governor's Mansion and providing for its official hospitality.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Margaret Lea Houston.

CHILDHOOD

Born in 1819.

TEENAGE

1837 18 Years Old Houston had purchased the property from Tabitha Ijams Harris in 1837 during his first term as the Republic's president. … Read More

TWENTIES

1839 20 Years Old …  The former governor of Tennessee had already served his first term as President of the Republic of Texas, and was at the time of their marriage a member the Texas House of Representatives from San Augustine for the 1839-1841 session. … Read More
…  Rev. Crawford also performed the marriage ceremony of Margaret Lea and Sam Houston in 1840. … Read More
…  She became the First Lady of the Republic of Texas in 1841 during his second term as the President of the Republic of Texas. … Read More
1842 23 Years Old 1 More Event
The events with Mexico leading up to the Battle of Salado Creek in 1842 caused Sam to send Margaret back to Alabama for her own safety. … Read More
1843 - 1844 2 More Events
1845 26 Years Old In June 1845, Margaret accompanied Sam to Tennessee for the funeral of Andrew Jackson. … Read More
1846 27 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The first Grand Cane post office was established in 1846, with Vernal as postmaster. … Read More
1847 28 Years Old Sam swapped Raven Hill in 1847 to his overseer Captain Frank Hatch, in exchange for Hatch's property named Bermuda Spring. … Read More

THIRTIES

1849 30 Years Old In 1849, Vernal married Catherine Davis, and the two moved into the Bledsoe cabin. … Read More
1850 31 Years Old …  The relationship between Virginia and Margaret was a contentious one, culminating in 1850 at the Woodville home with Virginia's allegedly being beaten and threatened by Margaret. … Read More
1853 34 Years Old Sam was re-elected to the United States Senate in 1853. … Read More
1854 35 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1854, Margaret had spent 14 years trying to convert Sam to the Baptist denomination. … Read More

FORTIES

1859 40 Years Old She was First Lady of the state of Texas in 1859 when he was elected Governor of Texas after it had been annexed by the United States. … Read More
1861 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Sam kept Ben Lomond for the rest of his life, retreating there with his family in 1861 after he was forced out of office and in financial straits.
Sam and Margaret had eight children together and were married until his death in 1863. … Read More
1864 45 Years Old Margaret bought the Root house in 1864 from Major Eber Cave, a family friend from Nacogdoches who had married the daughter of Sam Houston's friend Adolphus Sterne. … Read More
1867 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Having survived her husband by four years, Margaret Houston died on December 3, 1867 of yellow fever at her house in Independence, Texas. … Read More
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