The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston by Marquis JamesThis is the stuff of which legend is made, this story of the making of Texas, and Houston is one with those semilegendary characters--with Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, with Marion the Swamp Fox and Ethan Allen. . . . In a sense he is too good to be true, this man who wrought such mighty deeds within the lifetime of our fathers and grandfathers; in a sense if he had not existed we should have had to create him. --from the introduction by Henry Steele Commager
Samuel Houston , American statesman and soldier, was the person most responsible for bringing Texas into the Union. Sam Houston's life was controversial and colorful. It exemplified the opportunities that existed on the American frontier: he rose from humble origins to become governor of two states and to represent both in Congress. Houston was born on March 2, , in Rockbridge County, Va. Following the death of his father, he and his mother moved to Blount County, Tenn. Houston received less than a year and a half of formal education. In , when farming and clerking proved distasteful to him, he ran away to live with the Cherokee Indians for 3 years.
In his youth Houston moved with his family to a farm in rural Tennessee after the death of his father in He ran away in his mid-teens and lived for nearly three years with the Cherokee Indians in eastern Tennessee, where he took the name Black Raven and learned the native language, skills, and customs. Houston thus developed a rapport with the Indians that was unique for his day. As a consequence, after service in the War of and an interlude of study and teaching, in Houston became a U. He returned to Nashville to practice law and from to served as a U. He was elected governor of Tennessee in After a brief unsuccessful marriage to Eliza Allen in , he resigned his office; he again sought refuge among the Cherokee and was formally adopted into the tribe.
Samuel Houston was born on March 2, , near Lexington, Virginia. From to , he fought in the Creek War and was wounded at Horseshoe Bend. He was elected to Congress in and In , he became Tennessee governor. He was made the first president of the Republic of Texas in and was re-elected in
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House of Representatives. The congressman drew his pistol in self-defense, but when he pulled the trigger, the gun jammed and never fired. The Virginia-born Houston was elected governor of Tennessee in after serving the state for four years in the U. Three decades later, in , Houston was elected governor of Texas. After running away from his family as a teenager, Houston lived for nearly three years with the Cherokee tribe in eastern Tennessee. There, the tribe formally adopted him, and he married a Cherokee woman, Tiana Rogers, in a tribal ceremony.