Samuel Augustus Maverick was born 1803 in South Carolina. His maternal grandfather was General Robert Anderson who served in the Revolutionary War. He graduated from Yale and studied law in Virginia, and was admitted to practice at the bar of South Carolina in 1829. He traveled to Alabama and, hearing of the problems in Texas, resolved to go there. He arrived by ship at Velasco in 1835 and subsequently contracted malaria. He traveled to San Antonio as it was considered more healthful than the coast regions. He arrived in San Antonio September 8, 1835, shortly before the Siege of Béxar began and was soon put under house arrest with John W. Smith and A. C. Holmes on the orders of Mexican general Martín Perfecto de Cos. Forbidden to leave the city, Maverick kept a diary that provides a vivid record of the siege (See The diary of Samuel Maverick). He and Smith were released on December 1 and quickly made their way to the besiegers’ camp, where they urged an immediate attack. When an attack was finally made on December 5, Maverick guided Benjamin R. Milam’s division. He remained in San Antonio after the siege and in February was elected one of two delegates from the Alamo garrison to the independence convention scheduled for March 1, 1836, at Washington-on-the-Brazos. He left the embattled garrison on March 2 and arrived at the convention on March 5.
After the war ended, he met Mary Ann Adams and married her August 1836. She was 18, he was 33. He died on September 2, 1870, after a brief illness, leaving his wife and five children. He was buried in San Antonio’s City Cemetery Number 1.