The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 44
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the first, only, and last municipal officials of the Municipality of
Harrisburg. In the ordinance defining the boundaries of the
municipality, the town of Harrisburg was designated as the seat
of the municipality's government.82 If the officials ever met to-
gether in an ayuntamiento there or elsewhere, that fact lacks
documentation. Possibly the minutes were destroyed when the
Mexicans burned the town shortly before the battle of San
On the same day that the municipal officials were elected, the
people of Harrisburg and vicinity elected Lorenzo de Zavala and
Andrew Briscoe as delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
At the time Briscoe was in the United States, and the election
official certified John W. Moore, who had received the third
largest number of votes, as eligible for a seat in the convention
in place of Briscoe. De Zavala and Moore took their places on
March i, the date the convention met at Washington, and they
signed the Declaration of Independence on March 3. A few days
later Briscoe returned from the United States, presented himself
to the convention, and was also seated. Thus the Municipality
of Harrisburg had three delegates instead of the two to which
it had been originally entitled.33 On March 17 the Convention
hastily elected to the two highest positions in the Republic of
Texas two residents of the Municipality of Harrisburg. David G.
Burnet became President and Lorenzo de Zavala Vice-President.3"
No sooner had Burnet been elected than he announced that he
proposed to make the town of Harrisburg the temporary seat of
government of the Republic.3" This move from Washington to
Harrisburg plus the news of the massacres at the Alamo and
Goliad precipitated the Runaway Scrape which, within only a
few days, was to propel almost every Anglo-American west of the
Trinity in great haste toward the United States boundary.
The President, Vice-President, and cabinet, followed by a crowd
of land speculators and office seekers, including Colonel William
Fairfax Gray, formerly of Virginia, was most conspicuous, rode to
a2Gammel, Laws, I, o1022.
338Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence
(Houston, 1944), 226-228.
34Gray, From Virginia to Texas, 132.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953, periodical, 1953; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/m1/62/?rotate=90: accessed May 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.