The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 170
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later commissioner to the United States; James Collingsworth, the
first chief-justice of the Supreme Court, and Robert Wilson.
The campaign abounded in personalities. Lamar was accused
of getting more than his legal share of public land," which was
denied by his friends. He was accused of being ineligible for the
presidency, not having been a citizen for three years. In reply to
this, he brought out affidavits from men showing that he had made
a public address at Washington in the summer of 1835 in which
he announced his purpose of becoming a citizen of Texas. He
stated, also, that it was strange that after the public service he
had performed the question of his eligibility should come up.41
The Galveston Civilian, which was especially bitter against Lamar,
claimed that he was afflicted with partial insanity. To this the
Telegraph and Texas Register replied that "we sincerely regret
that his disorder is not contagious, in order that the country might
reap some benefit from it even before election.""42 An effort was
made to turn the election along sectional lines, and Lamar, the
candidate of the West, was constantly urged by his friends in the
East to concentrate his campaign in that section.
The election was to be held on September 3. Before that time
both of Lamar's principal opponents had committed suicide, Gray-
son by shooting himself at Bean's Station, Tennessee, and Col-
lingsworth by drowning in Galveston Bay. It seems evident that
Lamar would have been elected by an overwhelming majority had
his opponents lived and continued in the race. There was some
effort made to turn all the opposition to Collingsworth after the
death of Grayson on July 9, but with little success. The death
of Collingsworth shortly after that of Grayson made any oppo-
sition hopeless. Wilson had never been considered seriously in the
race, and the election resulted in his receiving only 252 votes, while
Lamar received 6,995.4" The only real contest was for Vice-Presi-
dent, and D. G. Burnet, on the Lamar ticket, was elected by a
majority of 776 votes over the combined votes of A. C. Horton
and Joseph Rowe.
"Quoted from the Galveston Civilian, in Telegraph and Texas Register,
August 4, 1838.
"Lamar Papers, No. 746; Telegraph and Texas Register, June 30, 1838.
eTelegraph and Texas Register, June 30, 1838.
"Thrall, Pictorial History of Texas, 300; Bancroft, North Mexican
States and Texas, II, 313; Yoakum, History of Texas, II, 245.
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