Texas is the only state that was once an independent country, and perhaps its greatest hero, Sam Houston, holds many distinctions of his own. As the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung notes:
He is the only person in U.S. history to be governor of two states, Tennessee and Texas, a U.S. Senator and the president of a foreign nation — the Republic of Texas.
Well, today also happens to be the anniversary of Sam Houston's birth, so there's a double reason to celebrate in the Lone Star State today. Oh, and it's election day down there, too, which is usually less of a reason to celebrate. But it's worth hoisting a Shiner Bock or two (which I would, if I could find any) in honor of Texas and ol' Sam today.