Sam Houston's last paycheck as President of the Republic of Texas, paying his salary in "Gold coin"

    Sam Houston Treasury Warrant as President of Texas Endorsed on verso "Sam Houston," one page, 6.25" x 2.5". Treasury Department, December 12, 1844. Signed "Charles Mason" as Auditor and "Samuel B. Shaw" as Comptroller. On verso: "Pay in Gold coin-/15th December 1844./W.B. Ochiltree/Secretary of Treasury." Partly printed, completed in manuscript. In full, "The Treasurer of the Republic of Texas will pay to the Order of Sam Houston Sixteen hundred & twenty three 89/ Dollars, out of any money appropriated by Act of February 5, 1844 for Compensation of President of the Republic this amount being for Pay as President of Texas." Boldly endorsed by Houston with his ornate paraph. Elected the first President of the Republic of Texas in September 1836, Sam Houston served from October 22, 1836, to December 10, 1838; he was ineligible to succeed himself. He ran again in 1841 and was elected, serving from December 12, 1841 to December 9, 1844. Texas was now in the midst of a fiscal crisis. Setting an example, Houston had Mirabeau B. Lamar's presidential mansion boarded up, moving into an Austin boarding house. The legislators followed suit by cutting their own salaries from $5 to $3 per day and Houston's annual salary in half, from $10,000 to $5,000. The Act of February 5, 1844 made "appropriations for the support of the Government for the year one thousand eight hundred and forty-four." This check for $1,623.89 is for his last four months in office. The order for payment by Secretary of the Treasury Ochiltree is dated six days into the term of President Anson Jones. Charles Mason saw action in the Battles of Gonzales, Bexar and San Jacinto. He was Acting Secretary of War (1838-1839) and was appointed First Auditor of the Republic in 1839. William B. Ochiltree served the Republic of Texas as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (1842-1845), Secretary of the Treasury (1844), and Adjutant General (1845). Fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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