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(NASHVILLE, TN), June 21, 2010 – State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) will present a Texas state flag to Tom Shaw, property owner of the site of the boyhood home of Tennessee and Texas hero Sam Houston. Houston, who founded a one-room schoolhouse in Maryville at the age of 19, moved to Blount County in 1807 at the age of 14. He established the first school ever built in Tennessee and Sam Houston Elementary in Maryville is named in honor of his early education efforts.
The boyhood homesite is located at 1116 Lambert Road. The flag presentation will take place tomorrow, June 22, 2010 at 10:00 a.m at the home.
“I am very pleased to secure a flag from the state of Texas for presentation to the Maryville home of a great hero of two states in our nation’s early history, Sam Houston,” said Senator Overbey. “It is an honor to play a role in the education of future generations regarding the history of a great man of both Tennessee and Texas, who had a tremendous impact on the building of this nation in its infancy.”
Houston served as Adjutant General in the Tennessee State Militia and was elected to Congress for two terms, before serving as Governor of Tennessee. In 1833, he went to Texas at President Andrew Jackson’s request to lead military efforts there. He later became the Governor of Texas and also served that state in the U.S. Senate.
Houston’s simple credo, “Honor,” was carved on his tombstone.
“Sam Houston was a man of honor who had an extraordinary record of public service that is unparalleled in American history,” added Overbey. “I am proud of his Maryville heritage and pleased to be a part of remembering a great local and American hero.”