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Meet Sam Houston, one of the legendary figures in Texas history, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Allen Public Library.

A hero of our state’s battle for independence from Mexico, Houston served as president of the Republic of Texas, governor of the State of Texas (as well as Tennessee), and U.S. senator for the State of Texas. He also has the distinction of being the only Confederate state governor to oppose secession from the Union and was thus removed from office. President John F. Kennedy even included a chapter on Sam Houston in his Pulitzer Award-winning Profiles In Courage.

Today, another Texan and namesake of Sam Houston presents “The Lion of Texas—A Conversation with Sam Houston,” a two-act one-man play that allows the audience to step into the home of Sam Houston and “feel” the very substance and nature of the famous Texas legend.

As a young man, the modern Sam Houston saw Hal Holbrook perform his legendary role in “Mark Twain Tonight” and believed that, while Mark Twain was certainly an interesting subject, a presentation about the beloved General Sam would be something that would touch the hearts and souls of people everywhere. Years passed from the conception, allowing the writer and performer to excel in a career in the law, television and the performance horse industry.

Filled with observations about Texas and Texans, “The Lion of Texas” has a generous dose of humor, interesting anecdotes and stories about General Sam, and even includes his observations and attitudes about the Texas of today.

Mr. Houston is also the author of one of the hottest selling new books in Texas, ‘Texas Chili for the Soul…Who the Heck Needs Chicken Soup?” a collection of short stories based on unique Texas expressions that reveal a life lesson. When not writing or acting, the Gainesville resident enjoys sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Sponsored by Bach to Books, this program is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214.509.4911.