OCTOBER 22, 1836, General Sam Houston was sworn in as the first President of the Republic of Texas.
Portrait of Sam Houston courtesy of Sam Houston by James L. Haley (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002) pp. ii.
In 2009 TX Congressman Ron Paul talks about his dream of seeing the Republic of Texas re-established ‘Secession, State and Economy’:
As a teenager, after his father died, Houston ran off to live with the Cherokee Indians on the Tennessee River, being adopted by Chief Oolooteka and given the name “Raven.” He joined the army and fought in the War of 1812, where he was struck by a Creek arrow at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and struck by bullets in the shoulder and arm while fighting the Red Sticks.
He was noticed by General Andrew Jackson, who mentored him.
In 1818, wearing Indian dress, Sam Houston led a delegation of Cherokee to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Monroe.
Elected to Congress in 1823, Sam Houston became Governor of Tennessee in 1827. After a failed marriage, Sam Houston moved to Texas, where he was made Commander to fight Santa Anna. He studied law under Judge James Trimble, and passed the bar, opening up a legal practice in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Houston was appointed the local prosecutor and was given a command in the state militia.
While visiting Washington, DC, a politician slandered his character resulting in an altercation and trial. Francis Scott Key was Houston’s lawyer, and future President James K. Polk interceded for him, but nevertheless, Houston was fined $500. Rather than pay, Houston left for the Mexican Territory of Tejas in 1832.
In 1833, in Nacogdoches, Texas, Sam Houston was baptized into the Catholic faith, a requirement to own property in the Mexican Territory. Twenty-one years later he was baptized in Little Rocky Creek as a Baptist.
In 1836, at the age of 43, Sam Houston was made Commander-in-Chief to fight Santa Anna.
The Texas Declaration of Independence stated:
“When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people…and…becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression…
it is a…sacred obligation to their posterity to abolish such government, and create another in its stead.”
The signing of the Texas Declaration of Indepence, I thought it would be great to read it so we could all listen to it! This document was signed by 59 men, only 60 years after Thomas Jefferson wrote the colonies DOI.
Listen to the issues and greivances and see how close they resemble today.
The Texas Declaration ended:
“Conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme Arbiter of the Destinies of Nations.”
Sam Houston defeated Santa Ana at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836, though a bullet shattered Houston’s ankle.
On OCTOBER 22, 1836, General Sam Houston was sworn in as the first President of the Republic of Texas.