Texas was an independent nation from March 2, 1836, to Feb. 16, 1846, when it became the 28th state in the Union.
Sam Houston was chosen as president of the Republic of Texas, with his inauguration on Oct. 22, 1836. They applied for annexation to the United States and, as they say, the rest is history.
Let’s go back a few years – before 1836. There is a Fayette County connection here.