By William Seale
Even if Sam Houston has been the topic 6f a number of biographies and· many historic articles, little cognizance has been paid to his 3rd spouse, whose huge, immense impression at the Liberator of Texas hasn't ever earlier than been tested heavily. during this first biography of Margaret Lea Houston, a striking lady is eventually woke up from the historic sleep which has enveloped her for over a century.Alabama-born Margaret Lea used to be only a schoolgirl whilst she first observed Sam Houston arrive at New Orleans after the conflict of San Jacinto to have his wounds tended. "She later defined having a premonition that she could a few day meet Sam Houston," says· William Seale. "But she advised that tale a long time later, after she had develop into his wife."For marry Sam Houston she did–in the face of robust competition of friends and family and of Houston's neighbors and advisers. Twenty-six years more youthful than her husband, this safe baby of a Baptist minister got down to switch the lifetime of the frontier hero. conscious that alcoholism and the sorrows of non-public misfortune weighed upon him, she battled the previous and sought to relieve the latter.Her abiding religion in him, coupled along with his unceasing devotion to her and to their little ones, is a valuable subject matter of this publication. the writer explores the character of Margaret, the idealist whose absorption in faith frequently led her to melancholia, the reader of romances who used to be by no means capable of come to phrases with the Texas barren region, the spouse who strummed her guitar and wrote love poems in the course of her husband's absences on affairs of state.This account of Sam Houston's spouse, which offers info of the general's existence no longer hitherto explored, is additionally a colourful photo of the time within which she lived. it's a life like appraisal of Sam and Margaret Houston, to which the writer has introduced a clean and sympathetic knowing. In writing the richly human tale, he has made huge use of unpublished manuscripts and unique files in inner most arms and public information.