The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 54
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
one wonders, not at the lack of progress in Houston and Harris
County, but rather that any progress at all was made anywhere in
Texas. News of the passage of the annexation resolution by the
United States Congress caused an immediate rise in the value of
Texas bonds and notes, and its effect on all commercial interests
was shared by Harris County. It was not, however, until after
the Mexican War had brought a feeling of perfect security that
enterprises of any magnitude were undertaken.
On April 21, 1845, the citizens of Houston expressed their
ardent wish for annexation by assembling at the Presbyterian
Church, passing resolutions in its favor, and recommending "the
several counties in the Republic to meet in primary assemblies to
express their will on the subject, and to take such measures to
accomplish the matter as they may deem most advisable." M. P.
Norton presided over this meeting. Geo. H. Bringhurst and A.
M. Gentry were secretaries. The committee which drafted the
resolutions was composed of J. W. Henderson, Francis Moore, Jr.,
William McCraven, F. R. Lubbock, J. Bailey, A. Wynne, I. W.
Brashear, T. B. J. Hadley, T. M. Bagby, William M. Rice, C.
McAnnelly, M. T. Rodgers, M. K. Snell, H. Baldwin, S. S. Tomp-
kins and John H. Brown.
Harris County elected as delegates to the convention, which
framed the constitution of 1845, Isaac W. Brashear, Alexander
McGowan and Francis Moore, Jr. All measures necessary for the
ratification of the terms of annexation having been complied with,
and a date appointed for an election of officers to govern the State
of Texas, Harris County chose P. W. Gray and J. N. O. Smith
members of the House of Representatives, and Isaac Brashear
The following statement in regard to the number of votes cast
at this period, undoubtedly one of absorbing interest, affords a
very slight, uncertain basis for computing the citizenship of the
county seat and county: "In the presidential election of 1844,
Harris County cast 686 votes, and in the election of delegates to
the convention of 1845, 734 votes, of which 469 were polled in
Houston."17 The same authority gives the following figures on
the vote upon the adoption of the constitution framed by the con-
"Burke's Texas Almanac, 1879, 88-90.
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