Do you know the origin of the word “maverick?” Samuel Maverick was a politician, land baron and he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Maverick was born in South Carolina, and moved to Texas in 1835, just weeks before the Texas Revolution. “As for the term “maverick,” it is believed that he allowed his cattle to roam freely. Cowboys would often find them with no brands on them and identify them at Maverick’s cows. As a result, it created the term “maverick.” Maverick was also known for being heavily invested in land in West Texas. He purchased around 300,000 acres, and Maverick County was even named in his honor.
Hernandez, Carlos. “Texas History: How the Term ‘MAVERICK’ Originated.” KPRC, KPRC Click2Houston, 7 Apr. 2020, www.click2houston.com/houston-life/2020/04/07/texas-history-how-the-term-maverick-originated/.