Picture taken just prior to the Capitol Building being
destroyed by the 1900 hurricane
Replica of former Texas Capitol Building built in 1976-77
About 1833 Leman built a story and a half clapboard structure.
When Columbia became the capital of the Republic of Texas the building
was one of two which housed the newly formed government. The first
Republic of Texas Congress convened in Columbia. Here Sam Houston
took the office as President and Stephen F. Austin as Secretary of
State. In 1837, the government moved to the new city of Houston.
Sam Houston's Oath of Office
"I, Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, do solemnly
and sincerely swear, that i will faithfully execute the duties of my
office, and to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend
the Constitution of the Republic."
Sam Houston, Town of Columbia Representative Hall, October 22,
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