The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Sterne, Adolphus
STERNE, stêrn, Adolphus, Texan pioneer: b. Cologne, Germany, 5 April 1801; d. New Orleans, La., 27 March 1852. Leaving his birthplace in his 16th year to escape military duty, he came to the United States, going first to New Orleans and then visiting Texas in 1824. A lover of adventure and proficient in many languages and dialects, he joined the English settlers in their early struggles against the Mexicans, and took part in the Fredonian War. Saved from being sentenced to death by an amnesty, he went into business at Nacogdoches, and became a notable figure in eastern Texas. He studied law, was court interpreter, and after Texas won her independence he served in both Upper and lower houses of Congress.