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This Day in Georgia History

April 21, 1836

Mirabeau Lamar Victorious in Texas

In Texas, Sam Houston and Mirabeau Lamar commanded the attack on Mexican forces under Santa Anna at San Jacinto. Lamar led a cavalry charge through enemy lines that gave the Texas forces a victory and the capture of Santa Anna. A native of Georgia, Lamar went to Texas in 1835 to join the fight for freedom. After the war, Lamar became attorney general, secretary of war, vice president, and finally president of the Republic of Texas in 1838. In 1840, a Texas county was named in his honor.