Sam Houston Leaves Senate and Washington for Good

On March 10, 1859, Sam Houston left the U.S. Senate after 13 years and came home to run for governor — again.

The hero of San Jacinto had cooked his own political goose four years earlier with his controversial vote on the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.  His plan was to resign from the Senate after winning the 1857 gubernatorial election, but he was rejected by the voters for the first time in his life.  Houston bounced back to win in 1859 but could not keep Texas in the Union.

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