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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.

Two Hard-Luck Warships Named “Houston”

The Navy launched the new U.S.S. Houston at Newport News, Virginia on June 19, 1943.  The original cruiser with the same name was sunk in March 1942 with the loss of 693 lives and the internment of the 368 survivors in Japanese POW camps.

The second Houston took several torpedo hits off Formosa in the fall of 1944 but somehow managed to stay afloat.  Manned by a skeleton crew, it limped home reaching safe harbor at New York five months later.