Sam Houston's last official appointment as President of the Republic of TexasSam Houston and Anson Jones Document Signed "Sam Houston" as President and "Anson Jones" as Secretary of State to which Jones has added "and acting Attorney General," one page, 13" x 16". Washington, September 23, 1844. Printed at the "Telegraph Office - Houston." In part, "Be it known, that I, Sam Houston, President of said Republic of Texas, reposing special trust and full confidence in the honor, patriotism, fidelity, skill, and capacity of John B. Jones, Esquire, do, by these presents, constitute and appoint him, the said John B. Jones, Esquire, to the office of Judge of the First Judicial District, in said Republic..." On December 5, 1844, President Houston wrote to the Texas Congress "that during their recess, the judgeship in the first judicial district became vacant...and that the same was filled by Executive appointment." Anson Jones, his Secretary of State, had been elected in September to succeed Houston which he did on December 9, 1844, just four days later. This was Sam Houston's last official appointment as President of the Republic of Texas. John B. Jones represented Galveston County in the House of the Sixth Congress of Texas (1841-1842) and, in 1842, served as a deputy clerk in the county courts. His appointment as Judge of the First District was confirmed by the Texas Congress on January 21, 1845. After the judiciary was reorganized at the Constitutional Convention in July, 1845, Jones became Judge of the Seventh District.
On verso of this appointment appears a large Autograph Document Signed "A.P. Thompson/Chief Justice/H[arris].C[ounty]." attesting to the fact that "Before me A.P. Thompson Chief Justice of the County Court of said County, came John B. Jones, and upon oath said that he would well and truly discharge the duties of the office of the First Judicial District, to the best of his skill and ability, without prejudice or partiality. So help him God!" to which "Jno. B. Jones" has signed. Thompson's writing shows through on front. A color photocopy of this ADS is in a pocket on the back of the frame. The document has horizontal folds, one passing through Houston's huge 6.25" long signature. There are minor nicks at the right edges of the folds as well as tiny holes in the folds but not at the signature. It is in apparent fine condition. Matted and framed to 21.5" x 31.5". From the collection of Darrel Brown.
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