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Anson Jones to J. Pinckney Henderson and Isaac Van Zandt, February 1844

In this letter to Texas envoys in Washington, D.C., Jones gives instructions on the annexation negotiations.

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Anson Jones

Anson JonesAnson Jones threw off the failures of his early life to become one of the most essential leaders of early Texas, a master diplomat who guided Texas to annexation as the 28th state in the Union. Ironically, the triumph of annexation ended in personal ruin for Jones, and his final years were ones of bitterness and tragedy.

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              At a Glance

Jones signature

Fifth President of Texas

Served: Dec. 9, 1844 - Feb. 19, 1846

Born: January 20, 1798 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Died: January 9, 1858 in Houston, Texas

Married to Mary Smith McCrory

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