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Thomas Jefferson Rusk, U.S. Senator from Texas, commits suicide at his home in Nacogdoches

07/29/1857

Thomas Jefferson Rusk, who had been the first Secretary of War of the Texas Republic and is now the sitting senator from the state, shoots himself with a rifle at his home in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has been despondent over the death of his wife from tuberculosis. He is fifty-four years old. (By John Osborne)

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The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1858 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1857), 358-359.

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