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 Carl Houston “Mac” Burnham

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Carl Houston “Mac” Burnham

Birth
Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas, USA
Death
1 Apr 2007 (aged 88)
Texas, USA
Burial
Alice, Jim Wells County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID
18802480 View Source

Petroleum engineer and a great-grandson of Sam Houston. His grandfather, Temple Lea Houston, was born in 1860, the first child to be born in the Texas Governor's Mansion. He was the youngest child of Sam Houston, victor of the Battle of San Jacinto, twice president of the Republic of Texas and later a U.S. senator and governor of Texas. The city of Houston was named for him. Carl grew up in Woodward, Okla., and San Antonio, where he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He attended the University of Houston when he wasn't working in the oil fields. In World War II, Burnham enlisted in the Army, rising in rank from private to captain, serving in Italy and North Africa. In 1953, he earned a degree in petroleum engineering at the University of Texas. Self-employed in the analytical testing of natural gas, Carl lived in Alice in South Texas for 50 years before moving to Austin in 2003. His wife, the former Barbara Jane Harper, died on March 2, 2004, Sam Houston's birthday and Texas Independence Day. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting and fishing in Laguna Madre and in the Gulf. He also had a large library of Texana and was a student of Texas history who was quietly proud of his ancestry. He was 88.

Petroleum engineer and a great-grandson of Sam Houston. His grandfather, Temple Lea Houston, was born in 1860, the first child to be born in the Texas Governor's Mansion. He was the youngest child of Sam Houston, victor of the Battle of San Jacinto, twice president of the Republic of Texas and later a U.S. senator and governor of Texas. The city of Houston was named for him. Carl grew up in Woodward, Okla., and San Antonio, where he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He attended the University of Houston when he wasn't working in the oil fields. In World War II, Burnham enlisted in the Army, rising in rank from private to captain, serving in Italy and North Africa. In 1953, he earned a degree in petroleum engineering at the University of Texas. Self-employed in the analytical testing of natural gas, Carl lived in Alice in South Texas for 50 years before moving to Austin in 2003. His wife, the former Barbara Jane Harper, died on March 2, 2004, Sam Houston's birthday and Texas Independence Day. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting and fishing in Laguna Madre and in the Gulf. He also had a large library of Texana and was a student of Texas history who was quietly proud of his ancestry. He was 88.


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