The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame - State Designated Memorial
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Texas Ranger Hall of Fame

The HALL OF FAME is the State designated memorial of the Texas Ranger service, commemorating the service and sacrifices of 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty or made significant contributions to development of the service.

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Samuel Hamilton Walker

Samuel Hamilton Walker
"Sam"
1815-1847

Samuel Hamilton Walker was born in Maryland in 1815 and came to Texas in 1836.

Walker served in Jack Hays' company of Rangers in San Antonio in 1836. In 1842, as a scout for Captain Jesse Billingsley, he fought against Woll and his Mexican troops in San Antonio. Walker was among those captured during the attack on Mier and was marched in chains across the desert.

Caught after an attempted escape, he drew a white bean in Santa Anna's infamous "Black Bean" incident, in which seventeen men were executed. Successfully escaping a second time, he rejoined Hays in San Antonio. During the Mexican War, Walker served with Taylor's Army on the Rio Grande in 1846, and later with General Winfield Scott's Army. His discussions with inventor Samuel Colt led to the introduction of the "Walker" Colt in 1847, a revolver superior to those already in use.

On October 9, 1847, Walker was killed while leading a charge into Huamantla, Tlaxcala, Mexico.

• For a detailed article on Sam Walker — Please click here to see Texas Ranger Dispatch #9.

Samuel Walker's remains were later returned to Texas and buried with honors at San Antonio.

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The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas