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1844 draft letter from Sam Houston to Andrew Jackson regarding the annexation of Texas by the United States

Official photograph of Senator John CornynRead by United States Senator John Cornyn on July 27th, 2012

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About the document

Sen. Cornyn reads sections of a draft letter dated February 16, 1844, from Republic of Texas President Sam Houston to former U.S. President Andrew Jackson emphasizing his support of Texas' annexation by the United States. (Draft letter: Item 3362, Andrew Jackson Houston collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission). The excerpts read by Senator Cornyn highlight the most compelling points in Houston's draft letter (the final draft was ultimately sent to Jackson). A transcript of the entire draft letter will be made available at a later date.

Image of page one of the Sam Houston to Andrew Jackson letter

About Senator John Cornyn

Senator Cornyn was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and previously served in Texas as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General. Sen. Cornyn was born in Houston on February 2, 1952, and was raised in San Antonio. Visit his website for more information.


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