The Texas Declaration of Independence was modeled after Thomas Jefferson's declaration - spelling out the role of government and listing the grievances the Texans had with Mexico. George Childress is generally credited as being the author of the document.
Mr. Childress was born in Tennessee in 1804 and crossed the Red River into God's country in December of 1835. In 1841, after several unsuccessful attempts to establish a law practice, Mr. Childress killed himself by slashing his abdomen with a bowie knife.
So, raise a glass of iced tea and wish Texas a happy birthday.