First Presidents of Texas


Unlike many states, Texas claimed its independence in 1836 after the Battle of San Jacinto.

Mexico refused to accept the self-described independence of part of their combined state of Coahuila and Texas.

Facing great challenges, the small Republic of Texas began its existence under President David G. Burnett.

By September of 1836, an election replaced him with the popular General Sam Houston as the leader of the new Republic.

When his term ended, his Vice President Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar, became president driving Texas into

financial difficulties.  Sam Houston returned to the presidency and struggled to resolve the problems of the

young republic by convincing his friend Andrew Jackson to add Texas to the United States. This the U.S.

refused to do. It wasn't until the final president of Texas, Anson Jones, that the United States finally accepted

Texas as the 28th state in 1845. This addition triggered the


Day 1 –

Drive to San Jacinto and begin with the San Jacinto Museum of History where Texas had its start.

Take the Lynchburg Ferry across to the one-time home of David G. Burnett in Baytown, Tx.

Learn about the life of the First President of the Republic of Texas.

Head for lunch in Kemah at Tookie’s on the Boardwalk.

After a leisurely lunch, head for Galveston to visit President Burnet’s gravesite.

At the Lakeview Cemetery, see if you can find Burnet’s grave! (We'll give you hints!)

Check into the historic Tremont Hotel or the lovely Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Free time to wander the Strand of Galveston and enjoy your choice of restaurants.  


Day 2

Load up and head into Richmond to visit the homestead of President Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar.

Welcome by Historic Commission members and take a tour of Lamar Homestead.

Visit Lamar’s gravesite in the Morton Cemetery in Fort Bend County.

Lunch at Sandy McGee’s Restaurant in Richmond.

Drive to Washington-on-the-Brazos to visit Barrington Living History Farm, the one-time home of President Anson Jones.

Stop for Supper at Stolz outside Washington-on-the-Brazos.

Head for our lodgings for the night at Far View Bed and Breakfast in Brenham, Tx.

Wine and beverages relaxing around the pool for the evening (bring your swimsuits!).


Day 3

Head for the home and burial site of 2-time president of the Texas Republic, Sam Houston.

Visit the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and learn about President Houston’s two terms as President of the Republic.

11:30 - Honor Sam Houston with a visit to his gravesite at Oakwood Cemetery.

12:00– Final lunch at a local restaurant.

1:30 – End of tour.  


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