Patriot Section Highlight: David Crockett

David Davy Crockett

Today is a very special day. It is the birthday of famous Tennessee native and Texas hero David “Davy” Crockett. He was a frontier icon that has so many legends surrounding him it is kind of hard to distinguish history from legend to liberal indoctrination. 

He served as a scout in the Tennessee militia in 1813. Though he fought against the Native Americans, sometime during these events, he became empathetic to their needs.

He received his first political appointment in 1817 in Lawrence County in Tennessee. He served as a commissioner to help establish new county boundaries. He was later appointed as Justice of the Peace. 

In 1821, he run a successful campaign for the Tennessee legislature. He served the people Tennessee where he was known as a brilliant orator who spoke on the condition of impoverished farmers. 

On March 4, 1827, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He spoke out against military funding, the policies of President John Quincy Adams and later Andrew Jackson, but he also spoke for fair land title deals and the rights of Native Americans.

He decision to vote against the Indian Removal Act did not sit well with his constituents and he lost the 1831 election, however, he won reelection in 1833. However, he lost again in 1835. He wrote an autobiography titled A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, Written by Himself and went east to promote it. In an interview with several local newspapers, he was asked if he would return to his home state. He replied his now infamous line, “I told the people of my district that I would serve them as faithfully as I had done; but if not, they might go to hell, and I would go to Texas.”

He did traveled to Texas and he died heroically in the Texas War for Independence at the Battle of the Alamo. Through his death, he joined American folklore in his own right.

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