Samuel Price Carson

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Samuel Price Carson (January 22, 1798 – November 2, 1838) was an American political leader and farmer in both North Carolina and Texas. He served as Congressional Representative from North Carolina. He was born in Pleasant Gardens, North Carolina, and studied under private tutors in Pleasant Gardens; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State senate 1822-1824; elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1833); unsuccessful candidate in 1833 for reelection to the Twenty-third Congress; again elected to the State senate in 1834; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1835.

By 1836 he had moved to Texas, and was elected by his neighbors to the Convention of 1836 where he signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas. The convention also established an interim or acting government for the Republic, which was still at war in rebellion against Mexico. They considered him for president, but elected David G. Burnet instead, by six votes more than Carson received.[1] In a later vote they elected Carson the Secretary of State. President Burnet sent him to Washington, D.C. to lead a team to negotiate for recognition of and aid for Texas, then later named James Collinsworth to replace him as Secretary of State. When Carson learned of this from a newspaper he simply went home.[2]

Later, when borders were formalized, Carson's home was identified as part of Miller County, Arkansas. He died in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and is buried in the Government Cemetery there.

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  1. ^ Louis Kemp; The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence; Salado, Texas; Anson Jones, 1944.
  2. ^ The Handbook of Texas entry for Carson.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert B. Vance
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
James Graham
Political offices
Preceded by
Interim, First
Secretary of State of Texas
March 18-April 29, 1836
Succeeded by
Samuel Collinsworth