Margaret Moffette Lea Houston

A soft beige brocaded dress with a long hoop skirt, fitted waist, and wide elbow-length sleeves.

Margaret Moffette Lea Houston was born in Alabama in 1819. She was the daughter of a Baptist minister and studied at Pleasant Valley Seminary. As a homemaker, she was devoted to her husband and eight children. She developed an unusual literary ability, especially in the writing of poetry.

  • 1841 - At the first inauguration of her husband, General Sam Houston, was elected President of the Republic. Margaret Moffette Lea Houston was ill at the time of this inauguration. 
  • 1859 - General Sam Houston was elected for a second term as President of the Republic.

The original gown of Margaret Moffette Lea Houston is in the Sam Houston Museum in Huntsville. Mary Martin Elmore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Huntsville gave a copy of this dress to the collection. Margaret Moffette Lea Houston's dress is a soft beige brocaded satin dress with long hoop skirt. The fitted waist is trimmed with puffed and ruffled edging on the bodice and around the wide elbow-length sleeves. Touches of black lace edge the sleeves and neck.

Other scenes may fade and other lessons may be forgotten but the words of my mother will linger when songs die away.” — Margaret Moffette Lea Houston's daughter, describing her mother

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