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Texas Triva

While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against overwhelming odds a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.


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History of the Great State Seal of Texas

 

There shall be a Seal of the State which shall be kept by the secretary of state, and used by him officially under the direction of the governor. The Seal of the State shall be a star of five points, encircled by olive and live oak branches, and the words, "The State of Texas." Texas Constitution, article IV, section 19.

In days when communications were transcribed by hand and tediously undertaken, seals served to authenticate official government documents.

In this day of computers and instant communications, seals still serve the same purpose. Since revolutionary times, Texas has chosen the Lone Star as its symbol. Despite the fact that Texans were at war with the federal government sitting in Mexico City, the Texas Provisional Government took the time to adopt an emblem of "a single star of five points, either of gold or silver" as the "peculiar emblem" of the Republic on March 12, 1836, only ten days after declaring independence!

Nine months later this "peculiar emblem" provided the bases for the first Texas seal, which in two years would finally take on the form that we recognize today. This simple and graceful design now appears on official documents, identifies state aircraft, and adorns both the original and new portions of our capitol building.

It came to former Secretary of State John Hannah, Jr.'s attention in 1991 that although the secretary of state is the official keeper of the state seal, there was no uniform representation of what this seal actually looked like. He therefore appointed a committee that after much research agreed upon a uniform design for the state seal, state arms, and reverse of the state seal.

Although the Great Seal of the State of Texas was adopted in 1876 by the Texas State Constitution in Article IV, section 19, the earliest legislature concerning the Seal predates Texas' annexation to the United States.

Governor Henry Smith's Private Seal

Governor Henry Smith, the head of the Provisional Government of Texas established in November 1835, used his private seal on December 28, 1835, to seal an official document appointing John Forbes, Sam Houston, and John Cameron as commissioners to negotiate with various Indian tribes: "I Henry Smith Governor as aforesaid have hereunto set my hand and affixed my private seal, no seal of office being yet provided." Some historians speculate that the private seal Smith used was actually a button which had an eight-petaled daisy design, but this cannot be confirmed by examining the original document in the custody of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The first Congress of the Republic of Texas passed the first seal act signed by President Sam Houston on December 10, 1836 stating; "That for the future the national seal of this republic shall consist of a single star, with the letters 'Republic of Texas' circular on said seal, which said seal shall also be circular."

Three years later, Oliver Jones introduced another bill, signed by President Mirabeau B. Lamar on January 25th, 1839 that declared the "national arms of the Republic of Texas be... a white star of five points, on an azure ground, encircled by an olive and live oak branches."

The three items contained in the seal are symbolic of the Texas Republic. The star represents the Republic itself. The olive branch symbolizes peace. Finally, the live oak, native to Texas, stands for strength and fertility.

After the second act was passed, the artist P. Krag was paid eight dollars for his draft of the seal. There are other renditions of the seal, but the Krag seal is considered the most authentic.

Note; P. Krag also designed the "Lone Star Banner"

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*Some information provided by Office of the Secretary of State of Texas

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