* Sam Houston, born in 1793, was the fifth of nine children.
* Sam Houston was descended from Scottish-Irish immigrants from Pennsylvania.
* Houston's, John Houston, owned the Timber Ridge plantation in Virginia.
* Houston's father, Samuel, was a major in the Revolutionary Army.
* In 1806, Samuel was bankrupt, prompting him to sell Timber Ridge.
* Samuel died in 1806.
* The Houstons moved to Tennessee.
* Sam was rebellious and ran away to live with the Cherokee.
* Chief Oo-loo-te-ka's tribe taught Houston Cherokee ways.
* Houston opened a school in Maryville.
* The War of 1812 broke out.
* Houston studied mathematics at a proper academy.
* In 1813 Houston joined the Seventh U.S. Infantry.
* Houston met and befriended Andrew Jackson.
* Houston became a federal agent.
* Houston thwarted a war by acting as liaison with the Cherokee.
* Houston resigned from the army in 1818 at the age of 25.
* Houston returned to Tennessee.
* Judge James Trimble helped Houston study for the bar...
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