The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 526
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of Texas became the first president of the Daughters of the Re-
public of Texas.
Of Doctor Jones, Ashbel Smith, a close medical and political
associate for twenty years, said: "He took no one sided views; he
was never misled by seeing only the benefits or only the disad-
vantages of any measure ... [he] struck a just balance between
them." It was this quality that made him a statesman; and it was
this quality that caused his contemporaries to misunderstand him
during the annexation crisis. Texans wanted action and at once;
their president wanted to lay before them all the facets of the
alternatives--and he expected them to contemplate "the present
effects and future consequences" of their choice as calmly as
Not until the Republic had been dead a hundred years did
Texans begin to regard their last president with that calm and
just reasonableness that he applied to the problems of statecraft.
Today we dedicate this house that he built and loved to his
memory, and to his spirit of calm and just reasonableness which,
whatever the cost to him, brought Texas safely into the Union as
the twenty-eighth star 1 o years ago.
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