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Albert Horton Foote, Jr. was born in 1916 in Wharton, Wharton County, Texas which is located about halfway between Rosenberg and El Campo on Highway 59, heading southwest from Houston. His parents were Albert Horton Foote, Sr. and Harriet Gautier Brooks Foote, both of whom native Texans. Horton was the oldest of three brothers including Tom Brooks Foote and John Speed Foote. The brothers were all named for ancestors, with Horton being named for ancestors on his father’s side. Horton’s great great grandfather Stephen Daniel Foote had come to Texas from Virginia just before the Civil War. His paternal Texas roots were deep.