From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Houston '51

Date of birth: November 11, 1829

Date of death: June 26, 1860

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Thomas Truxtun (sometimes "Truxton") Houston died of remittent fever on June 26, 1860 at Naples, Italy, on board USS Iroquois.

He is buried in Washington, D.C.; Thomas was survived by his wife and son, Thomas, Jr.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 26 August, 1845. Passed Midshipman, 6 October, 1851. Master, 15 September, 1855. Lieutenant, 16 September, 1855. Died 26 June, 1860.

During the Mexican-American War, he was aboard USS Dale and participated in a battle at Guaymas, Mexico.

In April 1857 he was in Nicaragua and had "escorted all American women and children from Rivas to safety at San Juan del Sur." He was an officer aboard the sloop St. Mary's at the time.

Class of 1851

Thomas is the only member of the Class of 1851 in Memorial Hall.