Fifty-eight (58) delegates from sixteen (16) districts met at San Felipe de Austin in October 1832, and chose Stephen F. Austin as presiding officer of the convention. On April 1, 1833, fifty-six (56) delegates met again at San Felipe de Austin, where William H. Wharton was selected as the president of the convention. At both conventions the major issue discussed was statehood while still maintaining ties with Mexico. At the 1833 convention a constitution committee, chaired by a new arrival in Texas, Sam Houston, drafted a proposed state constitution to be given to Mexican authorities. Upon reading the constitution, Acting President Valentin Gomez Farias refused to accept the terms of statehood and arrested the messenger, Stephen F. Austin, on charges of treason.
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