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Samuel Houston Samuel Houston is considered by most Texans to have been the greatest man to ever live While this is their opinion it is a fact that he was one of the most important men in Texas path to becoming a state Samuel Houston was born near Lexington Virginia on March 2 1793 His parents started sending him to local school at the age of 8 but he was a very rebellious child and rarely attended class Later in life he was known to have said By the time I was fourteen years of age I had most likely only attended six months of actual schooling His father died when he was fourteen The next year his mother moved the family to a frontier settlement in the mountains of Tennessee There Sam held a job at a trading post until the age of fifteen It was at this time that he got fed up with this particular lifestyle and decided to run away from home He joined a local tribe of Cherokee Indians who adopted him Sam had a quote about Indians in later life I always preferred the wild liberty of the red man to the tyranny of my brothers After three years of living with the Cherokees Sam returned to the American Community to open a country school Upon learning that America was again at war with Britain Houston joined the United States Army He excelled in the military quickly gaining the respect of his superiors and the rank of sergeant After the War of 1812 Houston served with Andrew Jackson in the Creek Indian Wars In the battle of Horseshoe Bend during this war he was severely wounded three times The Creek war ended in 1816 Sam resigned form the army in 1818 having risen to the rank of first lieutenant 1Houston Samuel World Book Encyclopedia 1994 Volume 9 2 Sam Houston The Raven internet httpwwwlsjunctioncompeoplehoustonhtm
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