Triumph and Tragedy: Presidents of the Republic of Texas

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Message of the President, December 1838

Just days after being sworn in as President, Lamar addressed the Texas Congress. Education came first in his list of problems to be addressed, before administrative reforms, frontier defense, and financial affairs.

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Mirabeau B. Lamar

Mirabeau B. Lamar

Romantic in nature, classically educated, and possessed of what a friend called "a gentle playfulness," Mirabeau B. Lamar stood out from the crowd of early Texas frontiersmen. His term of office was marked by ambitious schemes that ended in failure, but he left a lasting legacy as the "Father of Texas Education."

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              At a Glance

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Third President of Texas

Served: Dec. 10, 1838 - Dec. 13, 1841

Born: August 16, 1798, near Louisville, Georgia

Died: December 19, 1859 in Richmond, Texas

No first lady (widowed)

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