On March 2, 1793, Sam Houston is born in Virginia.
The celebrated liberator of Texas and the first president of the Republic of Texas made it clear that Texas was to become part of the United States.
Sam Houston served for 14 years as a U.S. senator, where he argued for Native American rights.
His antislavery beliefs did not align with the southern ideology of Texas, so he resisted secession from the Union during the 1850s and refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy when Texas voted to break from the Union in 1861.
Then, after a brief retirement from public service he died in 1863.
Interestingly, March 2 is also the day that Texas declared independence from Mexico.
Lastly, the inscription on his tomb reads:
A Brave Soldier. A Fearless Statesman.
A Great Orator—A Pure Patriot.
A Faithful Friend, A Loyal Citizen.
A Devoted Husband and Father.
A Consistent Christian—An Honest Man.