David G. Burnet
Dignified and articulate, David Burnet carried a Bible in one hip pocket and a pistol in the other. Although an honest and honorable man, the first president of Texas stumbled. His controversial policies failed to unite Texans struggling to turn revolution into true independence.
At a Glance
First President of Texas
Served: Mar. 16, 1836 - Oct. 22, 1836
Born: April 14, 1788 in Newark, New Jersey
Died: December 5, 1870 in Galveston, Texas
Married to Hannah Este