Texas History - J. Pinckney Houston

The 1st Governor of Texas was J. Pinckney Henderson. 
Accomplishments: Politically savvy, Henderson ran for governor after the death of Kenneth Anderson, who was his law partner and a leading contender in the governor's race. Lieutenant Governor Albert Clinton Horton became acting governor on May 19, 1846 when Henderson led a regiment of Texas volunteers to fight in the Mexican War. Henderson returned to his duties as governor on December 13, 1846.
He was born on March 31, 1808 in North Carolina and died on June 04, 1858 in Washington, D.C.