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Sam Houston
by James L. Haley
544 pages
University of Oklahoma Press
Published: April 2002

Readers familiar with Texas history are likely to recognize Sam Houston (1793-1863). He left home as a teen to live with a tribe of Cherokee Indians for three years. Later he managed Texas’s war for independence, served as President of the Republic of Texas, was a U.S. Senator and was elected governor.

His personal life was no less exciting. He was thrice married and his last bride – 26 years his junior – bore him eight children. If Houston himself had never been born, it seems certain that an enterprising novelist would have felt compelled to create his roguish, adventuresome character – essentially a frontier-Texas version of Star Wars’ Han Solo…

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