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Thomas Jefferson Rusk
Thomas Jefferson Rusk

Thomas Jefferson Rusk December 5,1803 - July 29,1857; was a U.S. political figure and a Senator from Texas from 1846 until his suicide. He served as the President pro tempore of the Senate in 1857. See http://bioguide. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... A politician is an individual involved in politics, sometimes this may include political scientists. ... State nickname: Lone Star State Other U.S. States Capital Austin Largest city Houston Governor Rick Perry Official languages None. ... 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of intentionally ending ones own life; it is sometimes a noun for one who has committed, or attempted the act. ... Ted Stevens, the current President pro tempore of the United States Senate. ... Seal of the Senate The Senate is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... 1857 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


Early Life

Rusk was born in Pendleton District, South Carolina. After admission to the bar in 1825, Rusk began his law practice in Clarksville, Georgia. In 1827 he married Mary F. (Polly) Cleveland, the daughter of Gen. John Cleveland. Rusk became a business partner of his father-in-law after he and Polly married. He lived in the gold region of Georgia and made sizable mining investments. In 1834, however, the managers of the company in which he had invested embezzled all the funds and fled to Texas. Rusk pursued them to Nacogdoches but never recovered the money.


Texas Revolution

Rusk decided to stay in Texas. He became a citizen of Mexico in1835, applied for a headright in David G. Burnet's colony, and sent for his family. After hearing Nacogdoches citizens denounce the despotism of Mexico, Rusk became involved in the independence movement. He organized volunteers from Nacogdoches and hastened to Gonzales, where his men joined Stephen F. Austin's army in preventing the Mexicans from seizing their cannon. They proceeded to San Antonio, but Rusk left the army before the siege of Bexar.The provisional government named him inspector general of the army in the Nacogdoches District. As a delegate from Nacogdoches to the Convention of 1836, Rusk not only signed the Texas Declaration of Independence but also chaired the committee to revise the constitution. The ad interim government,installed on March 17, 1836, appointed Rusk secretary of war. When informed that the Alamo had fallen and the Mexicans were moving eastward, Rusk helped President Burnet to move the government to Harrisburg. After the Mexicans massacred James W. Fannin's army, Burnet sent Rusk with orders for Gen. Sam Houston to make a stand against the enemy. Rusk participated with bravery in the defeat of Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, in the Battle of San Jacinto. From May to October 1836, he served as commander in chief of the Army of the Republic of Texas, with the rank of brigadier general. He followed the Mexican troops westward as they retired from Texas to be certain of their retreat beyond the Rio Grande. Then he conducted a military funeral for the troops massacred at Goliad. Stephen Fuller Austin (November 3, 1793 - December 27, 1836), known as the Father of Texas, led the Anglo American colonization of the region. ... Battle of San Jacinto Conflict Texas Revolution Date April 21, 1836 Place Houston, Texas Result Decisive Texan victory The Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution, took place on April 21, 1836. ...


See also


Rusk County is a county located in the state of Texas. ...

Preceded by:
none
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Texas
1846—1857
Succeeded by:
James Pinckney Henderson


Texas was admitted to the Union on December 29 1845. ... James Pinckney Henderson (1808–1858) was a lawyer, politician, soldier, and first governor of Texas. ...


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Thomas Jefferson Rusk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1123 words)
Thomas Jefferson Rusk (December 5, 1803 – July 29, 1857) was a U.S. politician who served as a Senator from Texas from 1846 until his suicide.
Rusk participated with bravery in the defeat of Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, in the Battle of San Jacinto.
Rusk supported the position of US President James K. Polk on the necessity of the Mexican War and the acquisition of California.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Dean Rusk (3171 words)
Rusk had become a Rockefeller Foundation trustee in April 1950 and in 1952 he left the Department of State in 1952 to succeed Chester L. Barnard as president of the Foundation.
Rusk also drew the ire of supporters of Israel after he let it be known that he believed the USS Liberty incident was a deliberate attack on the ship, rather than an accident.
Rusk was in office during the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, when East Germany began constructing the Berlin Wall, and as the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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