Sam Houston, First President of the Republic
In the August 9, 1836 issue of the Telegraph and Texas Register, Stephen F. Austin, Henry Smith and Branch T. Archer were listed as candidates for the office of president of the new republic. Archer later withdrew and threw his support to Austin. On August 20, 600 persons met at Columbia and nominated General Sam Houston. Houston received 5,119 of the 6,500 votes cast in the September 5th election. In addition, the citizens of Texas ratified the constitution and overwhelmingly approved annexation. Four- teen senators and thirty-one representatives were selected and began their duties on October 3, 1836 in Columbia. On October 22, 1836 "at four o'clock this day,” Sam Houston was sworn in. Ending his stirring speech with great emotion, he unbuckled his sword and declared:
"I have worn it with humble pretensions, in defense of my
country, and should the danger of my country again call
for my services, I expect to resume it and respond to that
call, if needful, with my blood and my life."
In memory of Holmes Ellisor and Weldon Foreman
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Location. 29° 8.681′ N, 95° 38.861′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of East Brazos Avenue (U.S. 35) and North 17th Street, on the right when traveling west on East Brazos Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia TX 77486, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Problems Facing the New Republic (here, next to this marker); Selection of Columbia (here, next to this marker); The Runaway Scrape (here, next to this marker); Members of the House of Representatives (here, next to this marker); The Capitol Buildings (here, next to this marker); General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (here, next to this marker); Columbia's Role in the Discontent (here, next to this marker); Officials of the Republic (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
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