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This day in Texas History: “Know-Nothings” Abandon Secrecy, Meet in Austin

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) “Know-Nothings” Abandon Secrecy, Meet in Austin January 21, 1856 On this day in 1856, the American or Know-Nothing party of Texas met for the first time in open convention in Austin. The party was the political manifestation of the xenophobic, anti-Catholic secret society known as the American…
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This day in Texas History: Legislature Passes Act to Encourage Transcontinental Railroad Through Texas

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Legislature Passes Act to Encourage Transcontinental Railroad Through Texas December 21, 1853 On this day in 1853, the Texas legislature passed the Mississippi and Pacific Railroad Act, designed to encourage the construction of a southern transcontinental railroad through Texas. The act authorized Governor Peter H. Bell…
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