Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:10 AM


D. D. PalmerAnson Jones declined candidacy for the vice presidency in the election of 1841, in which Houston again became president. Both Houston and Jones later claimed to have devised the foreign policy followed by Texas after 1841 agreeing on the purpose of getting an offer of annexation from the United States or getting an acknowledgment of Texas independence from Mexico.  Jones was elected president of Texas in September 1844 and took office on December 9.

In 1845 Jones promised to obtain from Mexico recognition of Texas independence and delayed calling the Texas Congress or a convention. Meanwhile, public sentiment for annexation and resentment against Jones mounted. He was burned in effigy, and threats were made to overthrow his government, but he remained silent until Charles Elliot returned from Mexico with the treaty of recognition.

On March 7, 1845 D. D. Palmer was born in what is now Ontario, Canada.


On June 4, 1845, Jones presented to the people of Texas the alternative of peace and independence or annexation. The Texas Congress rejected the treaty with Mexico, approved the joint resolution of annexation, and adopted resolutions censuring Jones. The Republic of Texas was annexed to the United States of America, becoming the 28th U.S. state. 

Border disputes between the new state and Mexico, which had never recognized Texas independence and still considered the area a renegade Mexican state, led to the Mexican–American War (1846–1848).