Etymology of "Maverick"?

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 19 23:08:45 UTC 2008

Someone has written to me questioning the derivation of "maverick" from the name of Samuel A. Maverick of Texas.  The OED accepts that derivation, but I am interested to find out whether anyone knows of any research or arguments for or against the Sam Maverick origin, so I can respond properly to my correspondent.

Fred Shapiro

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