Sam Houston, politician
March 2, 1793-July 26, 1863Picture Book Biography of Sam Houston by David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler, illustrated by Matt Collins (Holiday House, 2012)
A key figure in Texas politics, Houston served two terms as the president of the Republic of Texas before it became the 28th state. He served as its US senator and governor.
The Handbook of Texas Online provides a fascinating biography of Houston.