Houghton, William Michael Seneca (1800–1868)

By: Stephanie P. Niemeyer

Type: Biography

Published: August 4, 2008

Updated: November 20, 2014

William Michael Seneca Houghton, merchant, farmer, and legislator, was born on March 27, 1800, in Augusta, Georgia, son of Michael F. and Elizabeth (Harris) Houghton. He married Mary Mayo in 1832 in Georgia; they had two children. After her death in 1839, he married Mary F. Doney sometime around 1840; they had eight children. Houghton moved to Gray Rock, Texas, on the Franklin and Titus county line around 1847.

While living in Titus County Houghton was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1859. After his second wife died in 1860, Houghton moved to Florence, Williamson County where he married Mary Standifer on January 8, 1862; they had three children. He died in Florence on March 1, 1868.

William DeRyee and R. E. Moore, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860 (Austin: Miner, Lambert, and Perry, 1860). Family Search, "William Michael Seneca Houghton" (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/), accessed September 1, 2006. Charles E. Spellman, ed., The Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster, 1846–1992 (Austin: Texas House of Representatives, 1992).

  • Eighth Legislature (1859-1861)
  • House

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Stephanie P. Niemeyer, “Houghton, William Michael Seneca,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 29, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/houghton-william-michael-seneca.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 4, 2008
November 20, 2014