Today in Texas History: Sam Houston becomes Texas president -- for the second…
Sam Houston was sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas on October 22, 1836.
Sam Houston. On June 23, 1845, a joint resolution of the Congress of Texas voted in favor of annexation by the United States. The leaders of the republic first voted for annexation in 1836, soon after gaining independence from Mexico, but the U.S. Congress was unwilling to admit another state that permitted slavery. Sam Houston, commander of the Texas army during the fight for independence from Mexico and the first president of the Republic of Texas, was a strong advocate of annexation.
General Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas and another great Texas hero. He was responsible for the defeat of Santa Anna at San Jacinto. There is a quote by Sam Houston that effectively captures the mood in Texas today: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."
Sam Houston moved to Texas in 1832, where he took a leading part in its public affairs. Instrumental in achieving its independence (1836), he was elected its first President that year; also from 1841 to 1844. He favored the annexation of Texas to the United States, and was elected its first United States Senator in 1846. In that station he remained until 1859, when he was chosen governor of Texas.