Who's Who in the Texas Revolution

Lorenzo de Zavala

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Lorenzo de Zavala 1788-1836

De Zavala played a pivotal role in Texas' battle for independence from Mexico. De Zavala served in the Mexican Congress (1822–1824), the Mexican Senate (1824–1826), Secretary of the Treasury, and minister to France. He resigned as minister due to his opposition to Santa Anna. He moved to Texas where he became active in the independence movement. As a delegate to the Convention of 1836, de Zavala signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. An experienced politician, de Zavala was named Vice President of the new Republic of Texas. Because of health problems, he resigned as Vice President in October, 1836 and died a month later. He is also credited with the design of the first flag of the Republic of Texas.