Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to the “Star Spangled Banner,” was employed as defense counsel for Sam Houston. In 1832, before coming to Texas, Houston was insulted by a U.S. Congressman while serving as an Indian Agent in Washington. Houston encountered the Congressman on the street and assaulted him with his ever-present hickory cane. The Congressman filed charges against Houston, and Houston hired Key to defend him. Houston was found guilty and reprimanded.