General Sam Houston’s Stamp of Approval

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On January 10th, 1964 a first day issue commemorative stamp was unveiled in Houston, Texas, bearing the portrait of the man the city was named after, General Sam Houston.

Tom Lea, a Texas artist, designed the 5-cent stamp of Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas, in a heroic pose based upon a lithograph that was done in 1848 by F. Davignon.

A well-known Texas artist, Mr. Lea was also a war correspondent and artist for Life Magazine during WWII. His WWII works hang in the war art collection at the Pentagon.

This program from the Sam Houston Commemorative Stamp First Day of Issue Ceremony, January 10, 1964 is housed along with a sheet of first day issue General Sam Houston commemorative stamps in the Sam Houston Box Collection in the Sam Houston State University Archives.

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