Sam Huston


SAM HUSTON, surveyor of Jefferson counry was born in Island Creek township, February 28, 1850. He is the son of John A. and Jane T. (Fleming) Huston, both natives of Island Creek township. His father was born in July 1812, son of Andrew Huston, a native of Pennsylvania, who located in Jefferson county in an early day. His mother was the daughter of Samuel B. Fleming, the contractor of the first stone jail erected in Jefferson county. His father died in 1863, and his mother survived until November 1877. Mr. Huston was reared in his native township, attending a district school, and at fifteen years of age, he entered Richmond college, which he attended two years. He then attended Washington and Jefferson college two years, graduating in August 1869 at nineteen years of age, as a bachelor of science. The course he took embraced civil engineering, with which he became familiar. Returning home, his mother needing his held, he remained until after her death. His attention was given to farming, and he was also frequently employed as a civil engineer. In the fall of 1885, he was elected county surveyor. He took charge of the office in January 1886 and has filled it with ability ever since. He was re-elected in the fall of 1888 and is now serving his second term. Mr. Huston was married September 2, 1873 to Sarah T., daughter of James and Maria (Carroll) Porter. Her father, now deceased, was a resident of Island Creek township, where his widow now resides. Mrs. Huston was born there November 27, 1850. Mr. and Mrs. Huston are the parents of two children: John A. and M. Carrie. He and wife are members of the First Presbyterian church of Steubenville. He takes an active part in Sabbath school work and is now superintendent of the First Presbyterian Sabbath school. He is also a prominent member of the Young Men's Christian Association, and is serving as its president. In politics he is a republican. Besides being a civil engineer of high standing, Mr. Huston has, ever snice taking up the subject in college, devoted much time to the study of geology. He has attained a high degree of proficiency in that subject and has contributed a number of articles upon geological topics to the scientific and secular press.

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