March 17, 1836
|David G. Burnet
Interim President of
the Republic of Texas
David G Burnet, b April 14, 1788 was born to father, William Burnett (2 Dec 1730 Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, d 7 Oct 1791), a physician and mother, Gertrude Gertrude Gouverneur Rutger of New York. He attended law school in Cincinnati, Ohio. David Burnet was one of the State of Texas’ Notables. During the Republic of Texas he served as interim President of Texas in 1836 in the early year of Independence and also in 1841. He was elected Republic of Texas Secretary of State for 1839-41 and Secretary of State for the State of Texas in 1846 after it joined the Union. 
February and early March, 1836, Colonel William Barrett Travis sent notes out with the Alamo couriers requesting aid from the Texas Colonies for the Alamo Defenders. David G Burnet, heard these and journeyed to Washington-on-the-Brazos to the Texas Colony meeting for the Convention of 1836. He stayed as they were in the process of preparing the Texas Declaration of Independence By March 2, 1836, the representatives of Texas Colony had signed the Independence. By March 6, 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio fell to General Santa Anna and the Mexican Army, killing the Defenders of the Alamo. 
March 17, 1836 David was elected to be the Interim President of the Republic of Texas and the Runaway Scrape had begun. Citizens fled both Washington-on-the-Brazos and the interim government at Harrisburg as the Mexican Army led by Gen. Santa Anna was advancing eastward across Texas. Burnet and family retreated to Galveston, Texas. He also served in the same capacity in 1841, then as Republic of Texas Secretary of State (1839-41), and finally Secretary of State for the State of Texas in 1846 after it joined the Union.
April 9, Cincinnati sent Burnet a pair of cannons, which he sent to General Houston for the Category:Battle of San Jacinto. After the Category:Battle of San Jacinto, Burnet took custody of Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna, then negotiated negotiated the Treaties of Velasco. 
April 22, 1836 Santa Anna had a black horse he had captured from a Texas settler, which Burnet insisted General Sam Houston return to its original owner, instead of keeping it. The Treaty of Velasco was created in Velasco, where Burnet and cabinet were located. As they loaded Santa Anna onto a Texas Navy ship, a mob was threatening Burnet with treason, so Burnet removed Santa Anna back onto Texas soil. Many people were upset that Santa Anna had not been executed, even asking for his arrest for treason. By October, 23, 1836, Burnet resigned his office October 23, 1836 and Sam Houston took office.
After the Republic of Texas joined the Union, Burnet was embittered with Texas problems, politics, plus he and his wife had lost a baby son. The family retired on a farm not far from the San Jacinto battlefield. Burnet died Dec 7, 1870 and is buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Galveston, Texas.  
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