What story is “This Week in Texas HIstory” telling for the week of Wednesday, December 11 through Tuesday, December 17? The up-and-down life and career of the Lone Star Republic’s second president.
When Mirabeau Lamar left Texas’ highest office in December 1842, he was a physical and emotional wreck. The stresses and strains of the presidency were just too much for the Georgian, who had little to show for the last 17 years of his life.
Peter W. Grayson, candidate for the Republic of Texas presidency, shot himself to death on July 9, 1838 after a long courtship ended with the woman rejecting his proposal of marriage.
Two days later, James Collinsworth, also a candidate for the same high office, drowned in Galveston Bay when he either fell or jumped from a boat. With his two major opponents out of the race, Mirabeau Lamar won in a landslide and succeeded Sam Houston as Texas’ president.