March 1, 1845 President John Tyler signed the bill authorizing the annexation of the Republic of Texas by the United States. Texas became the 28th state on December 29, 1845.
Tomorrow, March 2, is Texas Independence Day. It commemorates the Texas declaration of independence from Mexico and was promulgated on March 2, 1836. Texas Independence Day is a legal holiday in Texas. It is also known as Sam Houston Day and Texas Flag Day.
Official flag of the Lone Star State
In addition to Texas, two other states of the Union were independent republics prior to joining the United States. Name them.
They were Vermont which joined the nation as the 14th state in 1791 and Hawaii which became the 50th state in 1959.