Portraits from life of Sam Houston are rare. There are only two known full-length portraits of Sam Houston--this unique salted-paper photograph and a daguerreotype in the collection of the museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Salted-paper prints were commercially produced for only a short period of time in the 1850s.
This photograph was taken in 1856 or 1857, when Houston was a U.S. senator. The photographer is unknown and the image has never been published. It makes a magnificent addition to the Library's collections of original photographs of famous Americans--images perennially in high demand by researchers.
Acquisition of this photograph would not have been possible without the generous support of Madison Council members Nancy Glanville Jewell, Ed Cox, Jay and Jean Kislak, Kay and Tom Martin, John Garvey, Caroline Rose Hunt, Ruth and Ken Altshuler, Jane and Bud Smith, James Elkins Jr. and Albert Small.