SAM HOUSTON SWORN IN A MONTH AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

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By Bartee Haile.
Caving into public pressure, David G. Burnet abruptly resigned as head of the temporary government on Oct. 22, 1836, making it possible for Sam Houston to be sworn in that same day as the first president of the Lone Star Republic. Mirabeau Lamar, who despised the Hero of San Jacinto every bit as much as his friend Burnet, grumbled, "That little month Houston could not wait." But popular impatience rather than the general's agenda was responsible for the lame duck's exit four weeks ahead of schedule. Texans were in a hurry for Houston to take the reins and go about the business of running the country.
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