Getting Our Dept Paid
Because as a Republic, finances were badly high, Texas jumped at the opportunity America gave (At this time James Knox Polk was president of the US) to join the US. When the US took Texas in as a state on December, 1845, the part which is now the State of Texas was built out of the old Republic of Texas. This was done as payment for debt. The leftover land of Texas later became parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
In a ceremony in front of the Capitol, President Jones gave a speech, the flag of the republic was lowered, and the flag of the United States was raised above it. The ceremonies ended with the speech of the new elected governor which was, J. Pinckney Henderson. By annexation Texas received the protection of a powerful country and the assurance of a bright future.
When Congress built the office of postmaster general, Houston named Robert Barr of Nacogdoches to that post, and at Barr's death chose John Rice Jones, who had held the office under the government, as his successor. Jones patterned the Texas postal system, which was placed in 1841 under the State Department, after that of the United States. All persons transporting mail for the Post Office Department during 1837 could take payment in land at fifty cents an acre and pay expenses. Postal rates were 6¼ cents for the first twenty miles, and rose to 12½ cents for up to fifty miles. The rates applied to one-page letters folded over and addressed on the front. Envelopes came into use around 1845.
When Texas was annexed by the US, the US payed Texas’s debts and provided a sound money system.
James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented Tennessee.