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Sam Houston was as legend reports a big man about six foot and six inches tall He was an exciting historical figure and war hero who was involved with much of the early development of our country and Texas He was a soldier lawyer politician businessman and family man whose name will be synonymous with nation heroes who played a vital part in the shaping of a young and prosperous country He admired and supported the Native Americans who took him in and adopted him into their culture to help bridge the gap between the government and a noble forgotten race Sam Houston succeeded in many roles he donned as a man but the one most remembered is the one of a true American hero On March 2 1793 Samuel Houston was born to Major Sam Houston and Elizabeth Paxton Houston He was the fifth of nine children Born at Timber Ridge Rockbridge County in the Shenandoah Valley At the age of thirteen his father Major Sam Houston died suddenly at Dennis Callighans Tavern near present-day Callaghan Virginia in Alleghany County 40 miles west of Timber Ridge while on militia inspections Mrs Elizabeth Houston took her nine children to a farm on Baker Creek in Tennessee Samuel was unhappy with farming and storekeeping so he ran away from home to live with the Cherokees on Hiwasee Island in the Tennessee River near present-day Dayton Tennessee At the age of seventeen Sam returned to his family for a short period of time and then returned back to the Cherokees where he was adopted by Chief Oo-Loo-Te-Ka and given the Indian name The Raven Two years later Sam returned to Maryville Tennessee where he opened a successful private school On his twentieth birthday Sam Houston enlisted in the regular army as a private Within the year he was promoted to Third Lieutenant to the 39th Infantry Regiment where Houston was badly wounded twice at The Battle
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