Governor George S. Houston Home

Governor George S. Houston Home (HM113N)

Location: Athens, AL 35611 Limestone County
Buy Alabama State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 34° 48.227', W 86° 58.474'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
This house was purchased by George S. Houston in 1845 and was his home until his death here on 31st December 1879. Houston served the people of Alabama in public office for thirty six years. His long and distinguished political career began in 1832 and included; one term in the Alabama state legislature, three terms as circuit solicitor, nine terms in the U. S. House of Representatives, two terms as Governor of Alabama and he was twice elected to the U. S. Senate. Due to his conservative fiscal policies while in Congress, he was known as "The Watchdog of the Treasury".

Huston's most notable service to Alabama was during his two terms as governor. For almost a decade after the Civil War, the people of Alabama suffered under the rule of Radical Reconstructionists.

In 1874 the white citizens of Alabama united behind Houston in his bid for the governors office. His election as a Democrat returned self rule to Alabama. During his two terms, the states huge debt was reduced, property owners were protected from excessive taxation and many other reforms were enacted that brought stability to the state.

After Houston's death, his home was occupied only occasionally until 1937 when it was deeded to the City of Athens with some stipulations, one of which was that it should house a library and meeting place for literary and patriotic societies and should be known as "The Houston Memorial Library".
HM NumberHM113N
Year Placed1996
Placed ByThe Limestones County Historical Society and Friends of the Houston Memorial Library
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 7:46am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 502326 N 3851284
Decimal Degrees34.80378333, -86.97456667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 48.227', W 86° 58.474'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 48' 13.62" N, 86° 58' 28.44" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)256, 205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 N Houston St, Athens AL 35611, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. This marker needs at least one picture.
  9. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  10. Is the marker in the median?