Houston’s Reelection Bid Mysteriously Cut Short

The Nashville newspapers carried Sam Houston’s announcement on January 30, 1829 that he would seek a second term as governor of Tennessee.

But within weeks the 36 year incumbent not only ended his reelection campaign but also resigned from office and went to live with his childhood friends the Cherokees.  Most historians believe the cause of Houston’s bizarre behavior was the sudden departure of his teenaged bride.  Whether that was true or not, the stage was set for his fateful trip to Texas in December 1832.

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