HOUSTON, JOHN P - Izard County, Arkansas | JOHN P HOUSTON - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

John P HOUSTON

Athens Cemetery
Izard County,
Arkansas

John Houston was the first clerk of Izard County. He was commisioned in 1825. He had served earlier as clerk of Blount County in Tennessee during the years 1808 to 1812 and possibly more. In 1823 John was in Little Rock, Arkansas and advertized in the Arkansas Gazette as an attorney at law. In 1827 Major Jacob Wolf was the first resentative to the Fifth Territorial Assembly and had been influential in the formation of Izard County. He persuaded John P. Houston to come to Izard County and serve as the first clerk of the newly formed county and help with it's establishment. John was the brother of Sam Houston of Texas fame although they didn't get along with each other. Sam Houston is reported to have visited John in Izard County and was ordered out by John. Sam went to Texas and became a hero there. John's tombstone is located on the site of the Athens Court House although it is said that he buried somewhere else but in the vicinity.

Contributed on 11/3/08 by chayden
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Record #: 92612

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Submitted: 11/3/08 • Approved: 11/4/08 • Last Updated: 5/24/13 • R92612-G0-S3

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