Sam Houston: Inaugural Address as President of the Republic of Texas(1836)
Sam Houston was involved in some of the most dramatic events in American history. Aside from his successful military career, he proved to be a passionate and dedicated politician. Unlike many of his southern counterparts, he was sympathetic to Native Americans and firmly believed that secession was a mistake. A charismatic orator and eloquent writer, Houston’s writings and speeches often stirred people to action. After war with Mexico gave Texas independence, Houston was quickly named the first president of the republic. His Inaugural Address as President of the Republic of Texas praises the volunteers who fought beside him and promotes his desire for future peace—especially with the region’s Indian tribes.
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