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Th« Part* Mows, Thurs. S»pt. 11, 1975 7 Texas and Her Constitutions Limit Put on President Term The Constitution of 1836:' limited the term of the" president and provided that he could not hold two consecutive terms. These were among several ; provisions directly resulting from Texans' dislike for Santa Anna and for certain phases of the Mexican Constitution. Santa Anna has used the power of the presidency to perpetuate himself in office and had used his position as commander-in-chief of the army to overthrow his opposition. The Texas Constitution forbade the president to take command of the army without specific approval of congress. These restrictions were to provide a rocky road for the new Republic, with Sam Houston's two terms as president interrupted by that of Mirabeau Lamar (later tc be namesake of the Northeast Texas county.) Since the two presidents were diametrically opposed in matters of economy, Indian policy and military ventures, the infant Republic followed an erratic course in its first years. TKXANS had evaded the Mexican provision for a single official religion and had resented the strong role of the Mexican clergy in political affairs. Their new constitution guaranteed citizens freedom to practice the religion of their choice. To insure further separation of the church from politics, ministers and priests were forbidden to serve as president or as members of congress. MIRABEAU LAMAR .. .iiamesakeof county JOHN TYLER .. .US president Texas constitutions, in- whether Texas should be eluding that of 1876. Texans annexed to the U.S.A. was a have, historically, opposed a principal issue in the U.S. strong centralization of powers in big government at the expense of individual freedom. THE QUESTION of presidential election of 1844. Generally, Northern states opposed admitting Texas and Southern states favored it, because Texas was a slave state. John K, Polk, who was pro- Texas, won the presidency. Th;e l£S\r Congress immediately, - passed a resolution inviting Texas into the Uni.on and setting out the conditions. President John Tyler, as the last act of his administration, signed this resolution. The federal government accepted the responsibility to settle all boundary disputes with other governments. This would lead inevitably to the Mexican War of 1846. The United States refused to accept responsibility for the heavy debts of the Republic of Texas, and in return allowed Texas to retain her vast public lands. This set the stage for Texas, five years later, to sell her claim to half of what is now New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming Kansas and Oklahoma, for more than enough to pay off these debts, ALL ETSU FOOTBALL GAMES CAN BE HEARD ON KETR 88.9 FM DATE OPPONENT SEPT. 13 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M SEPT. 20 EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA SEPT. 27 +*SAM HOUSTON STATE SITE COTTON BOWL ADA, OKLAHOMA COMMERCE TIME 8:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.