Today this room is one of two official state bedrooms in the Governor’s Mansion. It has been designated the Sam Houston Bedroom and contains the Sam Houston Bed, as well as many items that relate directly to Sam Houston, Governor of Texas from 1859-1861. There is no information that indicates which of the bedrooms contained this bed or was used by Governor Houston, but it is thought that Mrs. Houston occupied this room during their stay in the Mansion. Due to the fact that the bed fits so well between the front windows of this room, it is possible that the bed was originally located in this room.
The Sam Houston Bedroom has historically been a part of the private living quarters of the Governor and his family. While it has primarily been used as a bedroom, it has also been a study for various governors. It has served as a boy’s room, a teenager’s room, and a playroom at different times in its history.
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Austin: Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, 1984.
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Austin: Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, 1997.