Sam Houston (March 2, 1793-July 26, 1863) is a historical figure of such commanding presence, such resolute backbone, and so mesmerizing and colorful a personality, he would have needed to have been invented if he had not existed in real life. He is quite simply one of the most fascinating historical figures ever to have lived. Heroic soldier, adopted son of the Cherokee Nation, field general, powerful orator, and political statesman, Houston was the Father of Texas Independence.
I recently devoured perhaps the two best biographies of Sam Houston in print--The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston by Marquis James and Sam Houston by James L. Haley. The Raven was published in 1929 and remains the most readable biography on the legendary Houston. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1930 and is still considered a superbly well-written story of one of the most intriguing men in American history. James L. Haley's detailed biography is perhaps the best treatment of the personal aspect of Houston's far-reaching life. It is the most complete analysis of the influence of Houston's wife on his moral reformation and on his Christian pilgrimage in print.
For incredible history and fine biography, I cannot recommend too highly the life of Sam Houston. Sadly, there are no more "Sam Houstons", but the story of the real Sam Houston is well-documented and worth the effort necessary to become acquainted with it.