The Road to Civil War

George S. Houston

(17 January, 1811 —31 December, 1879) Houston was an American lawyer and politician. Born in Williamson County, Tenn., Houston moved with his family to Lauderdale County, Ala. and later studied law being admitted to the bar in 1831. Houston served as a member of the State House of Representatives in 1862 and as State's attorney for the Florence judicial district in 1836. Houston was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses serving from March 4th, 1841 to March 3rd, 1849. Later, Houston was elected to the Thrity-second and to the four seceeding Congresses serving from march 4th, 1851 to January 21st, 1861 when he withdrew. In 1866, Houston's credentials as a Senator-elect to the United States Senate were presented, however, he was not permitted to take his seat. Houston served as Governor of Alabama from 1874 to 1878 until he was elected to the United States Senate once again, serving from March 4th, 1879 until his death in 1879. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

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