Claim about stat­ues over­looks 11 swords

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By W. Gard­ner Selby wgselby@states­man.com State­ment: Poli­tiFact

A fundrais­ing email staked a claim to unique­ness about Tex­ans in the U.S. Capi­tol that made us won­der.

Jonathan Saenz, who heads Texas Val­ues, a group that says it’s ded­i­cated to faith, fam­ily and free­dom, wrote March 28 that dur­ing a re­cent walk through the U.S. Capi­tol, “I gazed up at the carv­ings and paint­ings that tell Amer­ica’s glo­ri­ous story ... smil­ing that Stephen F. Austin’s and Sam Hous­ton’s stat­ues were the only ones hold­ing a ri­fle or a sword. I was re­minded about the truth of all that’s ex­cep­tional about Amer­ica and Texas.”

That kind of his­tor­i­cal trivia seems tai­lor-made for our Texas

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