Chief Executives of Texas: From Stephen F. Austin to John B. Connally, Jr.

By Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr. | Go to book overview

Chapter three
THE REPUBLIC 1836-46

Four men served as president during the nearly nine years of the Republic: David G. Burnet, Sam Houston (who served twice), Mirabeau B. Lamar, and Anson Jones. The main issues they faced included finance, frontier defense, immigration, land policy, foreign policy, and the question of annexation to the United States. There were no political parties, but personal factions evolved (particularly around Houston and Lamar, whose policies differed on most of the issues). Houston tended to pursue financial economy, peace with the Native Americans, peace with Mexico, and annexation to the United States. Almost invariably, Lamar took the opposite view in each case.

Conditions in Texas during this period were not attractive to prospective settlers. The Republic was broke; constantly threatened with violence by Native Americans on the frontier and by Mexico to the south; involved in various foreign intrigues; unable to persuade the

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