On this day in 1836, Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas after it earned independence from Mexico. Houston was born in Virginia and then moved with his family to Tennessee after his father died. He practiced law in Nashville, served as Tennessee’s representative to the U.S. Congress and was elected governor of the state in 1827.

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Lori Manning Houston of Cumberland, Tennessee hand pieced this Bird in Flight quilt around 1920 and Mae Houston Howard hand quilted it around 1950. Houston’s grandchild received the quilt as a gift and documented it during the Quilts of Tennessee project. The owner noted that his/her grandmother made quilt tops for each grandchild and his/ her aunt quilted it. It was pieced with whatever was available. Also noted in the record: “appears to be unwashed and unused.”

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance