Samuel Hamilton Walker
February 24, 1817
Died: October 9, 1847 (age 30)
He was a Texas Ranger captain and military officer of the Republic of
Texas and the United States armies. Walker served in several armed
conflicts, including the Indian and the Mexican-American wars.
What do you know about Samuel Walker? Enjoy this Texas
Ranger History Made Easy Trivia quiz.
1. Walker was born in Greenbelt, Maryland. What was the name of the
- Heaven Castle
- Washington Townhouse
- Toaping Castle
2. In May 1836 Walker enlisted in the Washington City Volunteers for
the Creek Indian campaign in Alabama. He was stationed in Florida and
apparently saw no combat. After his enlistment ended in 1837, Walker
remained in Florida as a scout until 1841. What year did he leave
3. What year did he come to Texas?
4. He took part in the defense against the Mexican invasion led by
General Adrian Woll.
5. What year did he become a Texas Ranger?
6. Promoted to the rank of captain, he later led a Ranger company in
the Mexican-American war with General Zachary Taylor and General
Winfield Scott's armies.
7. Walker is usually remembered as the inventor of the famous
Colt revolver, along with arms manufacturer Samuel Colt. Walker is
said to have self-funded a trip to New York to meet with Colt and
proposed to him the concept of a weapon based on the then-popular
five-shot Colt revolver, with many enhancements such as adding a sixth
round. What year was the revolver first made?
8. On October 9, 1847, Walker was killed, lanced through, while
leading his troops. Where was the fight?
- Huamantla, Mexico
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Monterrey, Mexico
9. Walker County, Texas was named after Samuel Hamilton Walker.