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Sam Houston's Wife:Biography of Margaret Lea Houston

By: Seale,William
Price: $21.95

Univeristy of Oklahoma Press,1992.
As its title would suggest, Sam Houston's Wife is the biography of Margaret Lea Houston, whose main historical achievement was almost certainly getting married. Extremely sheltered by her first her mother and then her husband, Margaret spends most of her life in a dream world, in which everything she needs is taken care of. Even when times are hard, it is never necessary for her to do much more than write poetry and play her guitar. As the author himself suggests, Margaret would have been much happier married to an Alabama planter than dragged across the rough wilds of Texas by Sam Houston.

And dragged she is. Houston spends most of their marriage coming home only to leave again to fulfill his obligations. Margaret spends most of her married life in rough cabins and remote farms waiting for her husband to come home to her and worrying about him while he is away.

Despite her isolation, Margaret's relationship with her husband make her party to many interesting events in the history of both Texas and the United States. It is the events unfolding around her passive figure that make the book interesting, so that ultimately it is Margaret herself who drags the book down. A good book for those interested in early Texas history or women on the frontier, but not perhaps for everyone.
Paperback,328 pages.