Rusk Did Not Deserve To Stay in Houston’s Shadow

In a candid letter to his brother on February 10, 1855, Sen. Thomas Rusk complained, “Houston does little else but electioneer for the Presidency and as usual the work falls on me.”

San Jacinto veteran, secretary of war, chief justice of the Republic supreme court, and with Sam Houston one of Texas’ first U.S. Senators, Thomas Rusk deserved more than to stand in The General’s shadow.  Driven to despair by the death of his wife, he ended his life in the summer of 1857.

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