• 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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