Who was the First Governor of Texas?

The first elected governor of Texas was James Pinckney Henderson, a lawyer and military colonel from North Carolina. Henderson was governor for only a short period of time; he was elected in November of 1845 and started his term in February of 1846. Due to the war between Mexico and the United States in the Spring, he was allowed to head the Second Texas Regiment in the Battle of Monterrey. Though he resumed his duties as governor latter on that year, he refused to run for re-election on 1847.