Anson Jones was the last president of The Republic of Texas
He was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
on January 20th, 1798. He studied medicine in Litchfield, Conneticut
in 1817 and received his license to practice in 1820.
After years of practicing medicine, and numerous failed business venture
s in New Orleans
; Jones moved to Texas and established a medical practice
in Brazoria, Texas
In the war between Texas
, he served as a soldier
in the Texan army
. He was a representative
in the Texan Congress
in 1837 where he attempted unsuccessfully to secure the annexation
of Texas to the United States. He held the office of Secretary of State
under President Sam Houston
for three years (1841-1844).
In September 1844 he was elected
President of the Republic of Texas, he maintained the office until the annexation of Texas to the United States.
Jones helped found the Medical Association of Texas in 1853, known today as the Texas Medical Association
. After years of clinical depression, Anson Jones committed suicide
“Republic of Texas
” was published in 1859.
and Anson, Texas
were named after him. The Anson Jones, MD, Award
; started in 1957, by the Texas Medical Association
, was also named in his honor.