President of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar, in
his stirring address to the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas on
December 20, 1838, eloquently explained the need for and benefits of an
educated citizenry, stating, "A cultivated mind is the guardian genius of
democracy, and while guided and controlled by virtue, is the noblest
attribute to man. It is the only dictator that free men acknowledge, and
the only security that free men desire."