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Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up With Facts About Texas President Mirabeau Lamar


Below is the weekly Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The Texas Progressive Alliance is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

Above is a picture of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar.  Mirabeau was the second President of the Republic of Texas. He served in this capacity from 1838 until 1841. Mr. Lamar lived from 1798 until 1859.  

The excellent Handbook of Texas Online has a very good profile of Mr. Lamar.

From this profile—

“Born near Louisville, Georgia, on August 16, 1798. He grew up at Fairfield, his father’s plantation near Milledgeville…. As a boy he became an expert horseman and an accomplished fencer, began writing verse, and painted in oils….In 1828 he moved his wife and daughter, Rebecca Ann, to the new town of Columbus, Georgia, and established the Columbus Enquirer…Lamar was elected state senator in 1829 and was a candidate for reelection when his wife died on August 20, 1830. He withdrew from the race…. and in 1835 followed James W. Fannin, Jr.,qvto Texas.. By the time he reached Texas, Lamar’s health and spirits began to mend and he decided to settle in the Mexican province. Characteristically, he immediately declared for Texas independence, helped build a fort at Velasco, contributed three poems to the Brazoria Texas Republican,qv and hurried back to Georgia to settle his affairs….”

There is a lot more in the Handbook.

Here is a profile of Mr. Lamar from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission. At the archives, you can see original documents and letters as they were handwritten by Mr. Lamar.

The round-up– 

Off the Kuff suggests that a pro-science PAC could do a lot of good, nationally and in Texas.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson reminds us that despite the brouhaha over transportation during the recently passed legislative session, TxDOT is still broken.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is outraged at the way Texas Republican crony capitalism whips patients in hospitals and psychiatric facilities.

Nat-Wu at Three Wise Men takes a look at the nation’s unemployment picture, and finds it’s even worse than the numbers make it appear.

Over at Texas Kaos, Lightseeker shares an email indicating Big Insurance doesn’t just want to maximize the profits it makes from its members, it wants them to help protect them from competition. No, REALLY. Big Insurance Wants YOUR Help to Block Competetive Reforms.

Barfly at McBlogger takes a look at an exciting new movie coming out soon that’s sure to draw in every douchebag you know.

With the news that the CIA concealed a clandestine counter-terrorism program from Congress on direct orders from Dick Cheney, the recently loquacious former veep has once again clammed up and disappeared. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs notes the turnabout.

Teddy at Left of College Stationasks whether or not soon to be former Governor Sarah Palin is going with the flow, swimming upstream, or flopping on the shore? Teddy also answers the question of whether or not Congressman Murphy can push through legislation that would be the beginning of the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Also, Left of College Station covers the week in headlines.

Neil at Texas Liberal watched a 35-year-old rerun of All In The Family. In the episode Neil watched, George Jefferson called Archie a honky.

WhosPlayin posted video of an inappropriate campaign solicitation at Congressman Michael Burgess’ recent town hall meeting.

July 18, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. He was also the father of public education in Texas and has a university named in his behalf (Lamar University in beaumont).

    Comment by PDiddie | July 18, 2009

  2. Mr. Diddie–Very true. Thanks for the added information.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 18, 2009

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