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[hyoo-stuh n] /ˈhyu stən/
Sam(uel) 1793–1863, U.S. soldier and political leader: president of the Republic of Texas 1836–38 and 1841–44.
a city in SE Texas: a port on a ship canal, about 50 miles (80 km) from the Gulf of Mexico. Unabridged
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  • If sam houston's worth one bawbee, he'll stand here and give 'em a fight.

    American Men of Action Burton E. Stevenson
  • "I believe sam houston is coming on to take charge," was the answer.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • Governor sam houston, of Texas, stood like a rock against it.

    The Ifs of History Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
  • sam houston of Texas and other distinguished gentlemen were present.

    The Mormon Battalion B. H. (Brigham Henry) Roberts
  • Such was the condition of affairs when, in 1833, sam houston appeared upon the scene.

    American Men of Action Burton E. Stevenson
  • It's for sam houston to lead us to revenge, and the more men he has the better.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Tilly blushed and shrugged her shoulders; but she asked no more questions about Fort sam houston for at least five minutes.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • Unable to get his men across to safety, sam houston died leading the last, desperate charge against the Mexican regulars.

    Remember the Alamo R. R. Fehrenbach
British Dictionary definitions for sam houston


an inland port in SE Texas, linked by the Houston Ship Canal to the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway: capital of the Republic of Texas (1837–39; 1842–45); site of the Manned Spacecraft Center (1964). Pop: 2 009 690 (2003 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sam houston


city in Texas, U.S., founded 1836 and named for first president of Texas, Sam Houston. The family name is from the barony of Houston in Lanark.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sam houston in Culture
Houston [(hyooh-stuhn)]

Largest city in Texas.

Note: A center of the oil industry and the headquarters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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