The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 231
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David Gouverneur Burnet
onel S. Rhodes Fisher, secretary of the navy, against impeach-
ment charges brought by Houston. This case is important be-
cause it intensified the hatred of each man toward the other."'
In the second presidential campaign Burnet was urged by
his friends to run for president, but not wanting to run against
his good friend Lamar, he finally consented to run for vice-
president. He refused to go before the people in person and
beg for their support, confining his campaign activities to
writing articles which he submitted to the newspapers and to
the issuing of a circular which was not well distributed through
the country. He was bitterly attacked by the opposition papers;
nevertheless, he was elected by a majority of 776 votes over
his two opponents, and thus presided over the first senate
which convened at Austin. While vice-president, he served most
of his time either as president or secretary of state. During
this administration Burnet carried practically the whole burden,
but he always sought Lamar's advice when acting for him.
In 1841, Burnet was again pitted against Houston, this time
in the presidential race. The fight was a bitter one, and the
newspapers of the republic took an active part in it. Houston
won the election and then refused to honor the draft on the
collector of the port of Galveston for Burnet's salary as vice-
president. Sometime later Congress passed a law recognizing
the draft, but President Houston vetoed it.42
Under James Pinckney Henderson, the first governor of
Texas, Burnet served as secretary of state. During his adminis-
tration Governor Henderson was, by necessity, away from his
duties at the capital much of the time, and existing conditions
kept the lieutenant-governor extremely busy; therefore, for the
third time Burnet found the duties of the chief executive placed
upon him. Again he adopted the same custom which he had
held in the past-that of following closely the policy of the
legal chief executive.
In 1849, hoping to add to his limited income, as well as to
render service to his state, Burnet made application to the
United States government for an appointment as federal col-
lector of customs. The position did not materialize, however,
and Burnet was forced to resort to farming and practicing law
on the side in order to support his family.43 For the rest of
4'D. F. Arthur, "The Old Journal of Littleton Fowler," Quarterly of
the Texas State Historical Association, II, 80.
42Texas Times, March 11, 1843; Burnet to the editor of the Telegraph,
February 16, 1843.
43Burnet to Lamar, April 28, 1849, Lamar Papers, IV, 204-207.
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