Man with a mission


In this document dated February 15, 1844, Sam Houston—President of the Republic of Texas—appointed J. Pinckney Henderson as a Special Agent. He was given full authority to negotiate a treaty of alliance and annexation between the United States and the Republic of Texas. A former Texas Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Minister to France and England, Henderson was elected the new state’s first governor in 1845.

National Archives, General Records of the Department of State