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David "Davy" Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet "King of the Wild Frontier". He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo.
Crockett grew up in East Tennessee, where he gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling. After being made a colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, Tennessee, he was elected to the Tennessee state legislature in 1821. In 1825, Crockett was elected to the U.S. Congress, where he vehemently opposed many of the policies of President Andrew Jackson, most notably the Indian Removal Act. Crockett's opposition to Jackson's policies led to his defeat in the 1831 elections. He won again in 1833, then narrowly lost in 1835, prompting his angry departure to Texas (then the Mexican state of Tejas) shortly thereafter. In early 1836, Crockett took part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in March.
Crockett became famous in his own lifetime for larger-than-life exploits popularized by stage plays and almanacs. After his death, he continued to be credited with acts of mythical proportion. These led in the 20th century to television and movie portrayals, and he became one of the best-known American folk heroes.
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Biographies of David "Davy" Crockett
- David Crockett was one of America's most colorful frontiersmen and folk heros. Coming from a poor pioneer family, he received no real education as a child but picked up the skills of a hunter, scout, and woodsman. He served (1813-14) under Andrew Jackson in the wars against the Creek Indians. After returning to Tennessee to farm, he was appointed (1817) a local magistrate, an office that required him to learn to read and write more proficiently. Elected a "colonel" in the militia, he also served two terms (1821-25) in the Tennessee legislature, and he defended the squatters rights of his west Tennessee constituents.
- As a U.S. congressman (1827-31), 1833-35), Crockett won a reputation as an amusing, shrewd, and outspoken backwoodsman, and it was in Washington that the legend of the man as a coonskin-hatted bear hunter, Indian fighter, and tall-tale teller was promoted by the Whig allies to compete with President Jackson's image as a democrat. Crockett's opposition to Jackson's Indian removal policies estranged him from the Democratic party, and this disagreement cost him his fourth bid for election in 1834. His bitterness over the defeat inspired him to leave (1836) Tennessee for Texas, where he died defending the Alamo during the Texas Revolution
- James Calvin McMullin
- David Crockett was born in Limestone (near Rogersville), Greene County (presently Hawkins County), Tennessee on August 17, 1786. His father was a Revolutionary War veteran who fought at Kings Mountain. In 1783, his father moved to eastern Tennessee, where he later opened a tavern. When he was around thirteen years of age he ran from home, to escape punishment from his father. For three years he traveled to various places and worked various jobs. By 1802, he returned to his home in eastern Tennessee in debt and confused about his future. He agreed to attended school but after only six months he decided to leave.
- In 1809, Crockett married to Polly Findley and eventually moved to Lincoln County. Five years later he enlisted as a volunteer to fight in the Creek War and served under the command of Andrew Jackson. He served with distinction during the war but retired before the war ended. His wife died around 1815 leaving him with three children. He was soon remarried and moved to Giles County where he was appointed justice of the peace and later was elected as colonel of the district's militia unit. In 1821, Crockett was elected to the State House of Representatives. A fire destroyed his property and business in 1822 and rather than rebuild he headed further west to the Obion River where he settled in what was Weakley County (presently Gibson County).
- In 1824, Crockett ran for the United States Congress but was an unsuccessful candidate for the House of Representatives. Two years later he ran again for the same office and won. He went onto serve in the Twentieth, Twenty-first, and Twenty-third Congresses. After an unsuccessful bid for a fourth term in 1834, he decided to aid the Texans in their struggle for independence. In February of 1836, he joined a band of 186 men at the Alamo where he took part in its heroic defense. David Crockett was among those killed in the battle and his body destroyed by pyre not far from the Alamo.
James Blackburn Lifelong Friend of Davy Crockett
- We know that David Crockett visited James Blackburn in Jefferson County, East Tennessee, on his trip to Washington in October 1827 by reading page 3 in Crockett’s letter from Washington City of February 5, 1828 to James Blackburn. It reads in part:
- “My Dear old friend…….. I have enjoyed the worst health since I arrived here (ie. Washington, D.C.) that I ever did in my life I was taken the next day after I left your house with the billes feaver tho I traveled until I arived at my father in laws (ie. Robert Patton in Swannanoa, North Carolina) thare I was taken down and lay four weeks then I got abel to travel I started on and My wife and Sone Returned home (ie. His wife Elizabeth Patton and son John Wesley returned home to Gibson County, TN) I have recd two letters from my Sone Sence he got home he wrote me that they found all well at home my wifes father gave her three young negros they wrote to me that they got home with out much trouble with them I have (missing) down three times Sence I arrived here the last attack was the pluricy the doctor took two quarts of Blood from me at one time I am much Reduced in flesh and have lost all my Red Rosy Cheeks that I have carried so many years ….. I Remain with high esteem your friend and well wisher. David Crockett (to) James Blackburn.
Dr. William Edward Butler vs David Crockett in Politics
- One of Dr. Butler's frequent visitors to his home on Royal Street was David Crockett, his political enemy. Dr. Butler decided to challenge Crockett for the state legislature, and stories of this campaign are numerous.
- Source Biographies of Madison County, TN - Dr. William E. Butler
- Dr. William Edward Butler's mother was Sarah Jane Semple surname also spelled Semples / Samples.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Brøderbund Software, Inc. World Family Tree Vol. 17, Ed. 1. (Release date: December 11, 1997), Tree #0898.
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 hawkinswft17.FTW.
Date of Import: Aug 23, 1998
- Swann, Joe. The Old Path, Route of the Great Indian War Trail vanishing quickly in East Tennessee. (Jefferson County, Tennessee, Historical Society).