Wednesday, March 2, 2016


JFK+50:  Volume 6, No. 1876


Washington on the Brazos, Texas (JFK+50) One hundred eighty years ago today, March 2, 1836, fifty-nine delegates meeting here at Washington on the Brazos declared independence from Mexico.

The Texas Declaration of Independence was the work of a committee of five appointed by the Convention of 1836 on March 1st.  The members of the committee included George Childress*, Edward Conrad, James Gaines, Bailey Hardeman and  Collin McKinley.

The Declaration, which  proclaimed Texas to be a republic, was approved unanimously by the convention.  The grievances listed in the document include the denial of freedom of religion, the giving up of arms need for protection, and invasion of Texas by land and sea.

The Texas Declaration of Independence concludes with these words...

" hereby resolve and declare that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended, and that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, and are fully invested with the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent nations; and, conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme arbiter of the destinies of nations."

The first capital of the Republic of Texas is located 80 miles northwest of Houston.  It is situated on the Navasota and Brazos Rivers.  After Texan independence was declared, the city's population quickly rose to 4000.

Celebration of Texas Independence will be held on March 5 and 6, 2016.  The Texas A&M Marching Band will be on hand and there will be a medicine show, craft demonstrations, and musket and artillery firings.

*George Campbell Childress (1804-1841) was born in Nashville, TN.  He graduated from Davidson Academy & was admitted to the bar in 1828.  GCC edited the Nashville Banner & the Nashville Advertiser.  He first went to Texas in 1834.  After his role in Texas independence, his law offices in Houston and Galveston were unsuccessful.  GCC committed suicide by Bowie knife.


"Eight things to know about Texas Independence Day," by Kyrie O'Connor, Chron,

"The Texas Declaration of Independence, March 2, 1936,"

"Where Texas Became Texas, Washington on the Brazos,

Texas Declaration of Independence
Photo by J. Williams (JW1805)

George C. Childress
Statue at Washington on the Brazos
Photo by J. Williams (JW1805)