1. Houston was founded by:
A. Daniel Boone.
B. Sam Houston.
C. J.K. Allen & A.C. Allen.
D. Mirabeau Lamar.
2. The namesake of our great city, statesman and general Sam Houston, was born in:
C. New York.
3. In his life, Sam Houston was also a governor of:
C. New York.
4. The Heisman trophy was named for the coach who worked at:
A. University of Houston.
B. San Jacinto High School.
C. Rice University.
5. What Houston hotel was fictionalized as “The Conquistador” in Edna Ferber’s bestselling novel “Giant”?
A. The Shamrock Hotel
B. Hotel Roosevelt.
C. The Gulf Hotel.
1. C.: In 1836, two New York real estate promoters, John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen purchased 6,642 acres of land near Buffalo Bayou to build “a great center of government and commerce.” In 1837, Houston was incorporated as a city.
2. B: Sam Houston was born in Virginia. After being a leader in the Texas Revolution, he was elected as the first and third President of the Republic of Texas, U.S. Senator for Texas after it joined the United States, and finally as a governor of the Texas.
3. B.: Houston’s earlier life included migration to Tennessee from Virginia, time spent with the Cherokee Nation (into which he later was adopted as a citizen and into which he married), military service in the War of 1812, and successful participation in Tennessee politics as governor.
4. C.: Rice University. John William Heisman (October 23, 1869 – October 3, 1936) was an American player and coach of football, basketball, and baseball. He served as the head football coach at Rice University (1924–1927).
5. A. The Shamrock Hotel. Edna Ferber transformed the Shamrock into the “Conquistador” in her popular novel Giant (1952). The fictionalized hotel was also featured in the film version in 1956.