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ber election. Of that election, the President said, "A controlling
majority of the people and a large majority of the States, have
declared in favor of immediate annexation." He therefore rec-
ommended that Congress annex Texas by joint resolution in
accordance with the terms of the treaty.
In his message the President discussed the attitude of Mexico
toward annexation. He also outlined the advantages which
would accrue to the United States by reason of the annexation
of Texas. Such advantages included an extension of coastwise
and foreign trade, enlargement of the markets for American
manufactures, larger markets for agricultural products, and
greater safety on the frontier.'
With the recommendation of the President before them, the
members of Congress began the consideration of possible meth-
ods of annexing Texas. This article contains a chronological list
of the different resolutions and bills presented in Congress to-
gether with a summary of their contents, a statement of
their disposition in the House and Senate, and a sketch of the
various arguments and discussions concerning the methods and
expediency of annexing Texas.
PROPOSITIONS FOR THE ANNEXATION OF TEXAS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE
AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DECEMBER, 1844,
TO MARCH, 1845
Date Number Introduced State Branch of
Dec. 10, S. R. 2 Geo. McDuffie S. Car. Senate
11, S. B. 14 T. H. Benton Mo. Senate
12, H. R. 46 C. J. Ingersoll Penn. House
19, H. R. 51 J. B. Weller Ohio House
23, H. R. 56 S. A. Douglas Ill. House
Jan. 3, H. R. 60 J. E. Belser Ala. House
3, H. B. 490 J. W. Tibbatts Ky. House
7, H. B. 496 J. J. McDowell Ohio House
7, S. R. 8 J. M. Niles Conn. Senate
8, H. B. 500 G. C. Dromgoole Va. House
13, S. R. 10 E. H. Foster Tenn. Senate
13, H. R. 65 M. Brown Tenn. House
14, S. B. 83 W. H. Haywood N. Car. Senate
15, H. B. 523 E. Burke N. H. House
22, H. B. 527 0. Robinson N. Y. House
Feb. 5, S. B. 118 T. H. Benton . Mo. Senate
13, S. R. 19 C. Ashley Ark. Senate
iCongressional Globe, 28th Cong., 2d Sess. (Washington, 1845), 4-6.
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