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Elisha M. Pease

Born: Jan 3, 1812

Death: Aug 26, 1883

Birthplace: Enfield

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Elisha M. Pease

Date of Birth : Jan 3, 1812
Date of Death : Aug 26, 1883
Birth Place : Enfield

Elisha Marshall Pease was a Texas politician. He served as the fifth and thirteenth governor of Texas. A native of Enfield, Connecticut, Pease moved to Mexican Texas in 1835. He soon became active in the Texas independence movement and after the Texas Revolution began, Pease became the secretary of the provisional government and co-wrote the new Texas Constitution. After independence had been won, Pease was named the comptroller of public accounts in the government of the new but temporary Republic of Texas. Following the annexation of Texas to the United States, Pease was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1845 and reelected in 1847. In 1849, he ran for the Texas Senate from District 11 but lost to John B. Jones who was sworn in on November 5, 1849. Pease contested the election, was declared the winner, and was sworn in four days later on November 9, 1849. Pease first ran for governor in 1851 but withdrew from the race two weeks before the election. He was elected in each of the next two elections, 1853 and 1855. As governor, he paid off the state debt and established the financial foundation that the state would later use to finance its schools and colleges.


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