US Cabinet Member, Educator. He received a bachelors degree from the University of South Carolina in 1887 and a masters degree from Harvard in 1892. He was a professor at the University of Texas and became Dean of the Faculty in 1899. In 1902 Houston was named President of Texas A&M University, and in 1905 returned to the University of Texas as President. In 1908 he became Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis. In 1913 Houston was appointed US Secretary of Agriculture. He served until 1919 when he was appointed Secretary of the Treasury. After leaving office in 1921 he had a successful business career, including appointment as President of New York Mutual Life Insurance Company and appointment to several corporate boards of directors. He was also a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and the Columbia University Board of Trustees.
Bio by: Bill McKern