Today in Texas History – August 15

Thomas Flintoff - Sam Houston - Google Art Project.jpg

From the Annals of the Republic –  In 1836, following winning independence from Mexico, Sam Houston was nominated to be the first president of the Republic of Texas.  The nomination was placed by Phillip Sublett who had come to Texas in 1824 and settled near San Augustine.  Sublett was engaged in the early conflicts of the Texas Revolution including the Battle for Bexar, but returned to his home after the Battle of Concepcion.  Houston recuperated in Sublett’s home after the Battle of San Jacinto.

Houston won the election handily despite declaring his candidacy only 11 days before the election.  Until that point, it seemed all but certain that Stephen F. Austin would be elected, but once the Raven entered the race, Austin’s defeat was inevitable.  Austin finished third behind Houston and Henry Smith of Wharton.

Portrait of Houston by Thomas Flintoff.

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