It’s no secret that Tennessee Governor Sam Houston was the protégé of President Andrew Jackson. In fact, it is common knowledge that the old general had plans for Houston that included the White House.
Then…a marital scandal sent the governor running, a run that ultimately ended in Texas, and a Texas hero was born. With Houston in Texas, Jackson saw big possibility for bringing one of his greatest dreams to fruition…bringing Texas into the Union.
Andrew Jackson wielded his considerable influence and in the spring of 1845, Congress authorized the annexation of Texas to the United States. That same spring, Jackson’s protégé, James K. Polk, took office as the 11th President of the United States.
In 1845, Houston and his family set out for the Hermitage, Jackson’s Tennessee home. They arrived on June 8, one hour after the former President had slipped away. Upon entering Jackson’s bedroom, Sam fell to his knees, laid his head upon the old general’s breast, and sobbed. He then turned to Sam Jr. and said, “Son, try to remember that you have looked upon the face of Andrew Jackson.”
The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston, p. 357