Mirabeau B. Lamar Day
January 26, 2016 –
Mirabeau B. Lamar is honored as Texas’ Father of Education. Lamar served as second President of the Republic of Texas from 1838 to 1841. During his administration Congress granted each of the existing 23 counties four leagues of land to be used for education and set aside fifty leagues of land for the development of a university. Lamar supported the Homestead Act of 1839 and during his term the Lone Star flag and State seal were officially adopted.