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David G. Burnet Biography
David Gouverneur Burnet (April 14, 1788 - 1870) was the president of the interim government of the Republic of Texas during 1836.

Burnet was born in New Jersey in 1788. After the death of his parents, he was raised by an older brother. In 1806, he was the first American volunteer to serve the unsuccessful revolt led by Francisco de Miranda for the independence of Venezuela from Spain.

He later attempted to establish a trading post at Natchitoches, Louisiana. After the venture failed, he moved into Texas, which was then a part of Mexico. After falling from his horse and breaking his leg along the Upper Colorado River, he recuperated while living among the Comanches.

He was a delegate to the Convention of 1833. At the Convention of 1836 Burnet was chosen as interim president of the newly-formed Republic of Texas following the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. His vice-president was Lorenzo de Zavala. Burnet County, Texas was named in his honor.
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