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    [Sam Houston]. 1859 Texas Gubernatorial Ballot. One page, 7.75" x 12.25", n.d. [1859], n.p. [Palestine, Texas]. This document contains four printed ballots for the important 1859 Texas election which include the choices of either Sam Houston or H. R. Runnels for governor and Ed Clark or F. R. Lubbock for lieutenant governor. Folds and light staining, especially on the right edge. Left and right edges have small chips. Very good.

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    Sam Houston (1793-1863) has the distinction of being the only American to have served as the head of a foreign nation (the Republic of Texas) and governor of two states (Tennessee and Texas). In 1859, he ran for governor of Texas as an opponent of secession against incumbent Hardin R. Runnels. (Runnels and Houston had also competed in the 1857 gubernatorial election; Runnels won, which made him the only individual to ever defeat Sam Houston in an election.) Thirteen months after Houston won this 1859 election, the Texas legislature, against Houston's wishes, voted to secede from the Union. Houston, who fought secession on legal grounds, was evicted from office by the Texas legislature and replaced by Lieutenant Governor Ed Clark, who was also on this ballot. In the 1861 election, two years after this ballot was used, Francis R. Lubbock, who lost the 1859 lieutenant governor's race to Clark, was elected governor.

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