A Virginian by birth, Sam Houston spent much of his early life in Tennessee where he became governor of the state. In 1832 Houston moved to Texas and became involved with state politics and was elected commander-in-chief of the armies when Texas declared independence from Mexico. His army defeated Santa Anna at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto. On April 21, 1836 Texas gained independence and Houston was elected the first President of the Republic of Texas. After statehood in 1845, Houston was elected Senator from Texas to the Congress of the United States. In 1859, Houston was elected to serve as Governor of the State of Texas. Houston was removed from office in 1861 because of his opposition to the secession of Texas from the Union. This Sam Houston autograph signed check reproduction is a wonderful conversation piece.