- nounUnited States politician and military leader who fought to gain independence for Texas from Mexico and to make it a part of the United States (1793-1863)
* * *(1793–1863) a US military and political leader. He helped ↑Texas gain its independence from Mexico, defeating the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto. Houston became the first ↑President of the Republic of Texas, and after Texas became a state he represented it as a US Senator (1846–59). He was also elected Governor of Texas but was forced to leave the job because he did not want Texas to join the ↑Confederate States.
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