United States Congressman & Senator from Alabama
Governor of Alabama
(1811-79) Born near Franklin, Tennessee, he moved with his parents to Lauderdale County, Alabama, attended an academy there, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1831, and commenced a practice in Florence, Ala. Served as a member of the Alabama State House of Representatives in 1832, and was a U.S. Congressman from 1841-49, and 1851-61. He was chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, and also served on the Judiciary Committee. He served as the Governor of Alabama 1874-78, and was a U.S. Senator from March 4, 1879, until his death on December 31, 1879. He is buried in Athens City Cemetery.
Signature with place: 4 x 1, in ink, Geo. S. Houston, Athens, Ala.