Margaret Bell Houston

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Margaret Bell Houston (also Margaret Bell Houston Kauffman, 1877 – June 22, 1966) was an American writer and suffragist who lived in Texas and New York.[1] Houston published over 20 novels, most of them set in Texas.[2] Houston's work was also published in Good Housekeeping and McCalls in serial format.[1]


Houston was born at Cedar Bayou, Texas and was the granddaughter of Sam Houston.[3] Houston began writing at age eight.[1] She attended St. Mary's College and went on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Columbia University.[4] She was first published in the newspapers, the Brenham Banner and the Dallas News.[1]

Houston moved to Dallas and was married to a businessman, named Kauffman.[5] In 1913, Houston was the first president of the Dallas Equal Suffrage Association (DESA).[6] Under her tenure as president of DESA, the group grew to around 200 members.[5] She also started writing her first novel, Little Straw Wife (1914), during that time.[7]

Houston moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1953.[4] Cottonwoods Grow Tall (1958), written after her move to Florida received "critical praise as a work of literary merit."[8] Kirkus Reviews called it a "femininely accented story."[9] Houston died in St. Petersburg on June 22, 1966.[10] She was transported back to Dallas to be buried at Restland Cemetery.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Cottonwoods Grow Tall. New York: Crown Publishers. 1958. OCLC 1445014.
  • Yonder. New York: Crown Publishers. 1955. OCLC 6227307.
  • Bride's Island. New York: Crown Publishers. 1951. OCLC 285589.
  • Pilgrim in Manhattan. New York: D. Appleton-Century Co. 1940. OCLC 6629304.
  • Window in Heaven. New York: D. Appleton-Century Co. 1937. OCLC 7602976.
  • Hurdy-gurdy, a Novel. New York: D. Appleton. 1932. OCLC 2416057.
  • Moon of Delight. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. 1931. OCLC 3467236.
  • Lanterns in the Dusk. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. 1930. OCLC 2051973.
  • The Singing Heart, and Other Poems. Dallas: Cokesbury Press. 1926. OCLC 1617077.
  • The Witch Man. Boston: Small, Maynard & Company. 1922. OCLC 1817150.
  • Little Straw Wife. New York: H.K. Fly Company. 1914. OCLC 2416054.
  • Prairie Flowers. Boston: R.G. Badger. 1907. OCLC 18373036.



  1. ^ a b c d Glasscock, James W. (9 October 1938). "Sam Houston's Granddaughter, Noted Poet, Arrives in Valley". Harlingen Valley Sunday Star Monitor Herald. Retrieved 15 April 2016 – via Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ "Houston Descendant to be Buried Today". Amarillo Globe Times. 15 July 1966. Retrieved 15 April 2016 – via Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ "Sam Houston's Granddaughter Writes Monitor-Index Serial". Moberly Monitor Index. 13 July 1931. Retrieved 15 April 2016 – via Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  4. ^ a b c Bard, William E. (15 June 2010). "Houston, Margaret Bell". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b Enstam 2001, p. 31.
  6. ^ Enstam 1998, p. 158.
  7. ^ Enstam 2001, p. 32.
  8. ^ Enstam 1998, p. 157.
  9. ^ "Cottonwoods Grow Tall". Kirkus Reviews. 25 September 1958. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Granddaughter of Sam Houston Dies; Rites Set". El Paso Herald Post. 15 July 1966. Retrieved 15 April 2016 – via Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).