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and Clements of Matagorda, and when the revolution began in the autumn of 1835, he was in Alabama, engaged in harvesting and marketing his crop, worth ten or fifteen thousand dollars, and preparing to sell his plantation and negroes, worth eighty or ninety thousand more, preparatory to removing his entire property to Texas and opening a plantation on Caney Creek, in what is now Wharton county.

Being unable to return to Texas and learning of the outbreak at Gonzales, he busied himself in sending out troops, and aided in equipping and sending out the company of 28 men under Captain David N. Burke, which was called the "Mobile Grays." He was also, no doubt, responsible in part for the enlistment and equipment of Captain Ticknor's Company. Having returned to Texas prior to the invasion by the enemy in 1836, he organized the Matagorda Company of Volunteers, and marched to the relief of Col. Fannin, who was his personal acquaintance and friend.

He joined Fannin at Goliad, probably on March 15th, and acquitted himself well in Fannin's short campaign. Having been sent forward with his mounted men, on March 19th, to reconnoiter the Coleto Crossing, he was not surrounded with the main body of Fannin's Command, and succeeded in escaping with his men.

He was a member of the first congress of the Republic of Texas, and was elected the first Lieutenant Governor of Texas, in 1845, and actually served as governor during the greater portion of Henderson's term. Horton was born in Georgia, though when he came to Texas he had resided long in Alabama, and had served in the legislature of that state.

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