Triumph and Tragedy: Presidents of the Republic of Texas


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David Burnet to Thomas Toby, July 1836

Burnet's participation in the Texas Revolution cost him everything. In this letter to Texas agent Thomas Toby in New Orleans, he asks him to send blankets for his family.

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David G. Burnet

David G. BurnetDignified 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.

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At a Glance

Burnet signature

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

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