Anson Jones, president of the republic of Texas, born in Great Barrington, Mass., Jan. 20, 1798, died by his own hand in Houston, Texas, Jan. 7,1858. He commenced the study of medicine in Litchfield, Conn., in 1817, and in 1820 was licensed to practise. After a residence in South America, Philadelphia, and New Orleans, he established himself in 1833 in Brazoria, Texas. Upon the outbreak of the troubles between Texas and Mexico he served as a private soldier and as surgeon in the Texan army. In 1837-'8 he was a representative in the Texan congress. In 1838 he was sent as minister to Washington, where he remained about a year, and where he unsuccessfully endeavored to secure the annexation of Texas to the United States. On his return to Texas he took his seat in congress as senator from Brazoria, and in 1841 he-was appointed by President Houston secretary of state, which office he filled three years. In September, 1844, he was elected president for three years from the ensuing December, and held that office until the annexation of Texas to the United States. The latter years of his life were passed in agricultural pursuits.
In 1859 his journal, preceded by a brief autobiography, was printed for private circulation.