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" Five years since I came to this place...I
have made my stand!"
Like his mentor, Andrew Jackson, Houston pursued a career in law,
which opened additional political opportunities for him. After reading
law in the Nashville office of Judge James Trimble, Houston passed
the bar and opened his own practice in Lebanon in 1818. The support
and influence of Andrew Jackson during this period were instrumental
in obtaining for Houston some of his early political offices, including
Adjutant General of Tennessee, to which he was appointed in 1818,
and Attorney General of the District of Nashville, to which he was
elected in 1819.
In 1823, after a brief return to private law practice in Nashville,
Houston was elected to the US House of Representatives from the ninth
Tennessee district. In a letter
to then Tennessee Governor Joseph McMinn, Houston marveled at the dramatic turn of events that had
taken place in his life and that had led to his rapid rise in public
Houston remained acutely aware of the role that alliances with established
political figures, most importantly Andrew
Jackson, continued to
play in his political rise. He worked vigorously on behalf of Jackson's
1824 campaign for the presidency and, even though Jackson lost, Houston
expressed, in an early 1825 letter to a colleague in Washington,
his "confident opinion" that Jackson would be the next
President of the United States.
In 1825, Houston returned to Congress for a second and final term.
He then ran for the highest office in Tennessee.
Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The
Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863 (Austin, Tex.: Pemberton
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum, accessed June, 2003.
The Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June, 2003.
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