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Biography Of David Crockett


Davy Crockett, frontiersman, folk hero, defender of the Alamo, and a congressman was one of the most mythologized soldier of 19th century in American history. He was born in East Tennessee, on August 17, 1786. He was a son of John and Rebecca Crockett. He represented Tennessee, fought in the Texas Revolution, died in 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo in Sun Antonio, Texus.

He was the fifth of nine siblings of his parents. His father couched him to shoot rifle at the age of 8 years old. His parents tried to enroll him in school but he did not continue class after four days of admission due to fear of punishment. Then he ran away from home, wandering and worked as a Wagoner and day-laborer to subsistence himself. At the age of 16, he returned back to his home. In 1805, Crockett married Mary Finley. They had two sons and a daughter. After Mary died he remarried to Elizabeth Patton and another two children was born.

Crockett started his military career in 1813, after the War of 1812 commenced. He signed up in the scout under Major John Gibson. He participated in the mission to seek revenge for Indians’ attack on Fort Mimms, Alabama. In the same year Crockett joined in militia bloodshed of the Indian town of Tallussahatchee. After finishing the Creek Indian War he returned back to his home. He again enlisted himself in Capt. John Cowan’s company as a third sergeant. Then Crockett promoted as fourth sergeant.

The year 1821 was a turning point in Crockett’s career. He became a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives from 1821 to 1823. He tried to win a seat in 19th U.S. Congress but lost. In 1826, he earned a seat in the 20th U.S. Congress. He also won in the 21st Congress. He failed in the 22nd Congress but gained seat in the 23rd Congress. But in the 24th Congress Crockett vehemently attacked by Jackson’s policies and was defeated in a close election.

Besides political career, Crockett built a fame as a frontiersman that raised him to folk legend status. He definitely was a skilled woodsman. These qualifications gave him a good image in his political campaigns.

David died in battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. There is a contoversary about the manner of his death. Some told that he died outside, one of the earliest to fall. But the only survivor, Joe reported that Crockett was lying dead with Mexicans around him. That statement and Warner’s (only man surrendered to the Mexicans) statement proved Crockett’s central part in the defense in the battle.

Overall David Crockett was indeed an outstanding frontiersman, a successful politician, a good family man, excellent hunter and a congressman. However his reputation was not good in congress and most of his guidelines failed to pass. History revived him as a frontier superhero for twentieth-century people. He portrayed as a courageous, patriotic, fair and kind frontiersman.

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