ERRATIC LAMAR NEVER LIVED UP TO HIS POTENTIAL

By Bartee Haile.
Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, second president of the Texas Republic, dropped dead from a heart attack on Dec. 17, 1859. When Lamar stepped down as the Lone Star chief executive in December 1842, he was a physical and emotional wreck. Not only had his grand plan of setting the new nation on an independent course gone all wrong, but the voters had picked archenemy Sam Houston over soul mate David G. Burnet as his successor. A much anticipated trip to Georgia to visit his daughter Rebecca, whom he had seen just twice in seven years, was almost permanently postponed by a duel. Blaming Lamar for his recent rejection as vice-president, Memucan Hunt demanded satisfaction but mutual friends managed to defuse the private powder keg.
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