Anson Jones led Texas from 1844 to 1845 and played a large role in the annexation of that state to the United States.
On this day in 1858, Anson Jones, the last president of Texas, died. Specifically, Texas was an independent state for a relatively short period, from 1836 to 1845, when it was annexed to the United States. At the head of the Republic of Texas, he was president during that period, as head of the executive branch. Only three people in history have held the post, with the fourth (David G. Burnett) holding it tentatively. The first real president of Texas was the famous Sam Houston, named after the American metropolitan Houston. He was followed by Mirabeau B. Lamar, the last mentioned being Anson Jones. At the head of Texas, Jones was from 1844 to 1845, and played a major role in the annexation of that state to the United States. After Texas was admitted to the United States as the 28th state in 1845, Jones reportedly hoped to become a U.S. senator in Washington. However, he was not elected to that position, and he spent the rest of his life largely outside high politics. He passed away on this day in 1858 in the Texas city of Houston, at the age of 60.