Building the Lone Star Identity – Mystery Answer 2

Did you guess #3? Congratulations, you are correct, this is indeed a portrait of Sam Houston!

Sam Houston was a tireless advocate for Native American rights, shaped by his years of living among the Cherokee in Tennessee. It is said that he often would wear his Cherokee attire to Congress because it so annoyed some of his fellow senators. Hidden in the back of the portrait (top, left) is a lock of Houston's hair.


This miniature was painted in Washington, D.C. in 1830, and depicts Houston as an ambassador for the Cherokee nation.

Credit: Matthew Brady Studio, "Sam Houston, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left, in civilian dress, clean shaven," between 1848 and 1850. America's First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits and Views, 1839-1864, Library of Congress.



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