Sam Houston Biography - Outline for Oral Presentation to include intro, body, conclusion, transitions and references

Essay by snotrot1University, Bachelor'sA+, March 2003

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Greeting: Good afternoon. The purpose of my presentation is to familiarize you with the "father of Texas," Sam Houston.

Overview: Today, I will cover:

I. The Youth

II. Friend of the Cherokee

III. The Military Career

IV. The Political Career

V. The Battle of San Jacinto

VI. Post Battle Career

VII. The Death

of Sam Houston


Transition: According to many, including the author of the Biography of Sam Houston, John Hoyt Williams, Sam Houston is considered the "father of Texas," but before I get into the reasons why, I'll discuss some background on Sam Houston.

I. Young Sam Houston

a. Born March 2, 1793, Rockbridge County, Virginia

b. Father - Sam Houston, Brigade Inspector and Major in Virginia Militia

c. Mother - Elizabeth Paxton Houston

d. 5th of 9 children

e. Father died in 1806 - family moved to Blount County, E. Tennesee

f. Farming community - hated farming became a storeworker

Transition: Obviously, being a storeworker wasn't his cup of tea either.

Sam Houston ran away from home at age 15 and lived with Cherokee Indians in Eastern Tennesee. I believe that it was here he was introduced to his fierce "warrior mentality."

II. Friend of the Cherokee

a. The Iliad, by Homer instilled a desire for individual heroism, honor, excitement and pride

b. Being brave, chivalric, and living off the land was appealing to him

c. He found this life with the Cherokee Indians

d. Chief Oo-Loo-Te-Ka admired his tenacity and took Young Sam under his wing.

e. Taught him the language and the ways of the land like woodlore, hunting, stealth and tribal customs

f. Through this he also acquired a taste for alcohol and was frequently drunk

g. After very brief returns to civilization, he spent the rest of his time with...