President Mirabeau B. Lamar (Republic Of Texas) Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: August 16, 1798 in near Louisville, Georgia
Died: December 19, 1859 in near Richmond, Texas
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MIRABEAU BUONAPARTE LAMAR (1798-1859), formerly a Georgia businessman and legislator, moved to Texas to join the War of Independence, and commanded General Sam Houston's cavalry at the decisive battle of San Jacinto (1836). He became the first Vice President (1836-1838) and second President (1838-1841) of the Republic of Texas. Lamar relocated the Texas capital to Waterloo, Texas, renamed Austin, in 1838. As President, he obtained recognition from several European countries, opposed annexation by the United States, and sought to expel Indian tribes - by force if necessary - from the territory of Texas. He has been called "the Father of Texas education" for his policy of land grants for creation of public schools. Despite his prior opposition to joining the US, he served with distinction in the Mexican War.

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