Sam Huston


SAM HUSTON, deceased, civil engineer and for sixteen years county surveyor of Jefferson County, Ohio, was for many years a representative citizen of Steubenville. He was born in Island Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, February 28, 1850, and died at Steubenville, June 9, 1908.

The Huston family was founded in Jefferson County by the grandfather, Andrew Huston, who was a pioneer from Pennsylvania. His son, John A. Huston, father of the late Same Huston, was born in Island Creek Township in 1812, and married Jane T. Fleming of the same township. The family continues to be one of importance in that section of Jefferson County.

When but fifteen years of age, Sam Huston had made such progress in his studies that he was an acceptable student at Richmond College. After two years there he entered Washington and Jefferson College, where he was graduated in August, 1869 with the degree of B. S., having given particular attention to the study of civil engineering. This branch of mechanics claimed the larger part of his time and energy as long as he lived, and his work demonstrated his unusual ability. He was, however, a man of versatile talents and while making farming his nominal occupation, he found ample renumeration in professional work and recreation and entertainment in still other activities. A constant student, he read largely and made much more than a superficial study of geology. He was an original thinker and ready writer and frequently wrote for the press. In the fall of 1885 he was first elected county surveeyor, and his careful, conscientious work in this line has never been surpassed in accuracy in this county. Mr. Huston was also a man of charitable tendencies and of philanthropic nature. From its first organization he was interested in the Young Men's Christian Association and he served three years as its president. He was very active in Sunday school work as a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Steubenville.

On September 2, 1873, Mr. Huston was married to Miss Sarah T. Porter, who was born in Island Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, November 27, 1850, a daughter of James and Maria (Carrell) Porter. Two children were born to this marriage: John A. and Marie W. Carrie, the latter of whom is the wife of George Robinson, of Steubenville, Ohio.

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