SYD HOUSTON, mayor of Wartrace, was born January 18, 1850, in Bedford County, Tenn.  His father, C. P. Houston, was a native of North Carolina, born in 1809, and immigrated to this State when about twenty years of age.  Here he married Miss Jane Worke, who was also a native of North Carolina.  To this union nine children were born, of whom our subject is the sixth.  The parents of our subject are still living and his father is one of the leading farmers of the county.

Our subject lived with his parents until he was sixteen years old, and then went to Shelbyville and clerked in the store of his brother, C. P. Houston, Jr.  He attended school at this place for three years and then taught school for twenty months.  He then read medicine and took a full course of lectures in Louisville, Ky.  In April, 1878, he opened a drug store in Wartrace, where he still continues the business, and has a large and successful trade.

In 1881 he married Miss Lilian Shealey, a native of Georgia.  Our subject is a member of the K. of H., and is serving his first term as mayor of Wartrace.  In politics he is a stanch Republican.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford & Marshall Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Reminescences [Sic], Observations, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1988.