Anson Jones

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Anson Jones

The Last President of Texas

By Herbert Gambrell

This is the story of a New Englander who came penniless to Mexican Texas in 1833 and within the next decade helped to bring his adopted country through the turbulent disorders of settlement, revolution, political experimentation, and statehood.

1964

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6 x 9 | 544 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-70405-3

This is the story of a New Englander who came penniless to Mexican Texas in 1833 and within the next decade helped to bring his adopted country through the turbulent disorders of settlement, revolution, political experimentation, and statehood.

Within a year of his arrival, Anson Jones was successfully practicing medicine, acquiring land, and resolving to avoid politics; but then the Revolution erupted and Jones became a private in the Texas Army, doubling as surgeon at San Jacinto. Military duty done, he resumed medical practice but some acts of the First Congress so irked him that he became a member of the Second and began a political career that lasted from 1837 to 1846 during which he served successively as congressman, minister to the United States, Texas senator, secretary of state, and president of the Republic of Texas. Anson Jones took his own life on January 9, 1858.

Told with imagination and insight, Herbert Gambrell's account of the life of Anson Jones is also a colorful and concurrent biography of Texas and its people.

Foreword
Prologue
I. Thirteenth Child
II. Brotherly Love in Philadelphia
III. Nadir
IV. Mr. Austin’s Texas
V. Five Thousand a Year
VI. An Anxious Observer
VII. 1836
VIII. Brazoria
IX. A Mammoth Scheme
X. The City of Houston
XI. Mr. Jones of B.
XII. Guide, Philosopher, Friend
XIII. Annexation?
XIV. The Thread
XV. Jeannette
XVI. Mr. Lamar’s Texas
XVII. Like Certain Fevers
XVIII. The City of Austin
XIX. Some Courtly Language
XX. Not by My Vote …
XXI. Farewell to Politics
XXII. Without Money, Without Credit …
XXIII. Secretary of State
XXIV. Mr. Houston’s Texas
XXV. Washington-on-the-Brazos
XXVI. Armistice
XXVII. An Uncertain Die
XXVIII. The Absorbing Question
XXIX. Secret, Dark and Diligent
XXX. Wary as Foxes
XXXI. Interlude
XXXII. The President
XXXIII. Alternatives
XXXIV. Mr. Jones’s Texas
XXXV. Mission Accomplished
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

"The most artfully written biography that Texas has yet produced."

—J. Frank Dobie

"A portrait which no one in Texas has surpassed in biography."

—Walter Prescott Webb