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Maury Maverick, Sr. (1895-1954), was born in San Antonio, the eleventh child of Albert Maverick and Jane Lewis Maury Maverick. Albert owned a real estate and Land Office in the downtown Maverick Building; Jane ran their Sunshine Ranch and was important in civic affairs. Maury's grandfather was a Texas Ranger, politician, businessman, and memoirist. Samuel Maverick, Jr., his great grandfather, was a Yale-educated early Texas politician and land baron. Samuel Augustus Maverick fought in the 1835 Seige of Bexar and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. When it comes to Texas lineage, the Mavericks are in a class by themselves.

Maury Maverick, Sr. graduated from college and law school at the University of Texas. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the 28th Infantry, 1st Division, U.S. Army, and received a Silver Star for actions in the Battle of the Argonne. Maury served as U.S. congressman from the 20th District (193538), where he organized a group of "maverick" legislators who sponsored legislation to "out-New Deal" FDR's New Deal. His 1937 autobiography, A Maverick American, was something of a Depression-era bestseller. As the mayor of San Antonio (193941), he was long admired for his reform-minded administration. Among the many progressive acts in his life — which included securing W.P.A. funds for the initial development of the San Antonio Riverwalk — he was proudest of the restoration of La Villita, preserving the 200-year-old Spanish village as a modern city grew up around it.

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