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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 ventures in New Orleans; Jones moved to Texas and established a medical practice in Brazoria, Texas.

In the war between Texas and Mexico, he served as a soldier and surgeon 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 in 1858

His journal and autobiographyRepublic of Texas” was published in 1859.

Jones County 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.

http://www.lsjunction.com/people/jones.htm http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/JJ/fjo42.html http://www.texmed.org/ata/nrm/AnsonJones.asp http://www.dmwv.org/mexwar/documents/ajones.htm

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