|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1820|
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1895|
Mr. Houston was a fascinating man. He married Sallie Bonnell and they had six children, although three died young. Mr. Houston became a very wealthy man, though his involvement with the railroads and his investments. He built Wissahickon Heights in Chestnut Hill, which was just north of the city of Philadelphia. He built about 100 large and beautiful houses there, which he rented out, so he could control who lived there. He built a magnificent thirty-room mansion there for himself, which he called Druim Moir. He had an extension of the railroad in Phildelphia built, to get people to move to Wissahickon Heights. He also had Houston Hall built at the University of Pennsylvania to honor the death of his son.
Published in the New York Herald – Saturday, June 22, 1895 -
Henry Howard Houston, for many years a director of the Pennsylvania Railroad and a director in numerous other large corporations, died suddenly at one o'clock yesterday morning from heart failure, at his country residence, in Wissahickon Heights, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pa. He was a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, and was a director in the International Navigation Company, the Pan Handle Railway, the Cumberland Valley Railroad, the Pennsylvania Steel Company, the Erie and Western Transportation Company, and was also identified with the management of other concerns. He was deeply interested in Episcopal Church work and was well known as a philanthropist. Mr. Houston was born near Wrightsville, Pa., in October, 1820.
Sallie Sherred Bonnell Houston (1829 - 1918)
Sallie Houston Henry (1860 - 1938)*
Samuel Frederic Houston (1866 - 1952)*
Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery
Plot: Section I, Lot 274
Created by: Bobbie Joe
Record added: Apr 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26052467
Son of Samuel Nelson Houston (1791-1878) and Susan E. Strickler (1797-1864) of Wrightsville, PA. See Contosta, "A Philadephia Family: The Houstons and the Woodwards of Chestnut Hill" (Philadelphia: U. of PA Press, 1988).|
Added: Feb. 20, 2009