After the subsequent
massacre at Goliad,
Rusk was sent to assist
in the War effort. Rusk participated in the
Battle of San Jacinto, which
was a victory for the Texas Army, with the Capture of Mexican President
Rusk then served as Commander-in-Chief of
the Army or the Republic of Texas.
Rusk strongly supported the annexation of
Texas by the United States. He was president of the Convention of
1845 which accepted the annexation terms.
After annexation Thomas Rusk and Sam
Houston were elected to serve as the first senators of the State of
Texas. Rusk supported
President James K. Polk on the necessity of the
and the acquisition of California.
As an early proponent of a
transcontinental railroad through Texas, Rusk made speeches in the
Senate and throughout Texas in support of a southern route and toured
Texas in 1853 to investigate a possible route. The Gadsden Treaty
received his support since it provided an easier railroad route to the
Rusk was a a popular figure in his party
and was encouraged to become a presidential candidate in 1856. President
James Buchanan offered him the position of postmaster general in 1857.
In 1856 his wife succumbed to tuberculosis. Depressed over the
Loss of his wife and his own illnesses, Rusk committed suicide on July