The Texas Army was established to honor its predecessor and to keep the memory alive of those gallant men. In 1969, the Texas Army was officially reactivated by Governor Preston Smith for ceremonial purposes. Each member of the Texas Army is a commissioned "Colonel" by the Governor of Texas. The Texas Army also participates as the special honor guard in the Governor's Inauguration Parade.
Sam Houston IV will be succeeding General Carroll A. "Curly" Lewis, Jr. of the Texas Army who died at 2:45 p.m. on January 7, 2010. The appointment of Sam Houston IV came at a dinner following a special memorial service for General Lewis conducted at the San Jacinto Monument on January 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Sam Houston IV is a member of the Sam Houston Chapter #38 of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Houston has dedicated much of his adult life to preserving the history of Texas.