The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 192
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
On December o20, 1847, the oath of office was administered to
Governor Wood and Lieutenant Governor Greer as outgoing Gov-
ernor Henderson and members of the legislature looked on. In a
brief inaugural message the new governor thanked his supporters and
asked for "harmony of action" by all Texans. He stressed unity rather
than discord and closed by warning his listeners "against local and
With Wood's inauguration the Henderson years in Texas politics
came to a close. As he retired to his private law practice, the ex-
governor could feel that at least a beginning in state government had
been made. In his farewell message to the legislature he congratu-
lated its members "upon the prosperous and happy condition of our
country."" The process of annexation had been completed, the Rio
Grande as the southern boundary had been assured, frontier settle-
ments had been advanced, state political offices had been filled and
were functioning, and some steps had been taken toward party or-
ganization. Admittedly, many problems remained, paramount of which
were the public debt and the New Mexican boundary dispute. These
problems would tax the ingenuity and imagination of Henderson's
successors and only through the complex national compromise of 1850
would they be resolved. But these were challenges that others would
face. Henderson's role as an active participant in state government
"7Texas Legislature, Journals of the Senate of the State of Texas, Second Legislature
(Houston, 1848), 41-42.
'"Henderson, of course, continued to have an interest in state politics and in 1857
worked for Hardin Runnels in the governor's race against Sam Houston. Henderson
himself was chosen United States senator in 1857 but died the following year.
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