David G. Burnet (1788-1870), who became both interim president and vice-president of the short-lived Republic of Texas, and a Texan secretary of state after annexation in 1845, was one of the international volunteers in Francisco de Miranda’s failed 1806 expedition to liberate Venezuela. After fighting in Venezuela and in Chile, Burnet returned to the United States in 1808. A native of New Jersey, Burnet is also a relative, by marriage, of the founder of Rutgers University.

David G. Burnet (1788-1870), who became both interim president and vice-president of the short-lived Republic of Texas, and a Texan secretary of state after annexation in 1845, was one of the international volunteers in Francisco de Miranda’s failed 1806 expedition to liberate Venezuela. After fighting in Venezuela and in Chile, Burnet returned to the United States in 1808. A native of New Jersey, Burnet is also a relative, by marriage, of the founder of Rutgers University.

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