Ten Data Bits of Pride Every Texan Should Know
To function effectively in the divisive politics of 2019-2030, these ten historical items should be well maintained in every Texan's mind:
- Sam Houston, hero of San Jacinto and first president of the Republic of Texas, resigned as Texas governor in 1861 rather than participate in the state's secession.
- George W. Bush, the 40th U.S. president, was born July 16, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut.
- Rick Perry succeeded George W. Bush as Texas governor after W's election to the presidency and held the governor's office longer than any other person ever has, 15 years. Currently, noted mispeaker Perry is U.S. Secretary of Energy.
- Conflict over slavery was the major cause of the Civil War.
- The dissenting seceding states argued that the Civil War was mainly about "States Rights" and that "Blacks" were better off as slaves than they would be, or were, if free.
- Donald J. Trump is the oldest person (70) ever elected to the U.S. presidency. (Ronald Reagan is #2, was 69 when first elected.)
- Barack Obama was born, August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, an event that is verified by his official birth certificate and a newspaper announcement concurrent with his birth.
- Excepting Native Americans and their descendants, all current residents of Texas are either immigrants or descendants of immigrants.
- Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi party and German Chancellor when he initiated WWII with the invasion of Poland in September of 1939.
- Lydon Baines Johnson was born in Johnson City, Texas, August 27, 1908. Dwight David Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas, October 14, 1890; to date, the two men are the only U.S. presidents born in Texas.
Any questions? Consult the best available and most knowledgeable historian you can find.
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