A contemporary of larger-than-life Texas leaders Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin, Lorenzo de Zavala was described as "the most interesting man in Texas" by lawyer William Fairfax Gray. Gray was not exaggerating in his praise that placed Zavala on a higher pedestal than any of his compatriots. Thrown in prison for supporting democratic ideals in Mexico, Zavala taught himself to read English and read enough medical textbooks that he was qualified to practice medicine. It was only the beginning of a life that begs to be studied.
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