Where Did the Term “Maverick” Come From and Why is it Used For Someone Who Does Things Differently?

In the nineteenth century, Samuel A. Maverick was a stubborn Texas rancher.

Because he said it was cruel, he refused to brand his cattle even though it was the only way to identify who owned free-range livestock.

Instead he would round up all the unbranded cattle he could find, even those not from his own herd.

where did the term maverick come from and why is it used for someone who does things differently

At first any stray unbranded cow was called a “maverick,” but the word has grown to mean anyone who doesn’t play by the rules.

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