Ep. 21: Texans You Should Know: Temple Lea Houston

Meet Temple Lea Houston, youngest son of Texas hero Sam Houston and one of Texas’s first great trial lawyers.  He was known for his quick mind, a silver tongue, fancy dress and a fast gun.  All of those were helpful in the early courtrooms of Texas.  He turned down the chance for high political office in exchange for the excitement of frontier justice.  He also delivered one of the greatest closing arguments in history.  Come to court in frontier Texas and get Wise About Texas.

Temple Lea Houston
Temple Lea Houston


brigham monument
The Brigham monument at San Jacinto
capitol dedication
Dedication of the new state capitol building 1888
Happy hour in Tascosa, Texas back in the old days
The old stone courthouse in Mobeetie
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Temple Houston about 1890
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6 thoughts on “Ep. 21: Texans You Should Know: Temple Lea Houston”

  1. Temple’s grandson, Sam Houston IV, is still living and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people over the years about Texas History (school kids, historical gatherings, San Jacinto celebrations, etc). He appears as an expert commentator in the documentary on Gen. Houston’s life and can be seen on the film’s companion web site, http://www.samhoustonmovie.com.

  2. Judge – As usual, a great program. Mobeetie is pronounced MoBEETEE. I grew up in Pampa, and that’s what we called it. My grandfather from Hereford (born 1885) referred to it as MoBEETEE. I have never heard of the pronunciation that you used.

  3. I agree with Mr. Curry about the pronunciation of Mobeetie. My mother was born there and all of her family pronounced the name of the town as MoBEETEE. There is a town near there named Miami but it is pronounced Miamuh. Maybe this is a source of the confusion about the pronunciation.

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