Davy Crockett…“King of the Wild Frontier”

by Hannah Penne
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Davy Crockett ….. born on August 17, 1786 in Greene County, Tennessee. A State Park dedicated to David Crockett  in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. This park is approximately 1,100 acres. It was created in 1959, and is operated by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Crockett developed a reputation as a frontiersman that, while at times exaggerated, elevated him to folk legend status. While Crockett was indeed a skilled woodsman, his notability as a Herculean, rebellious, sharpshooting, tale-spinning and larger-than-life frontiersman was at least partially a product of his efforts to package himself and win votes during his political campaigns. The strategy proved largely effective; his fame helped him defeat the incumbent candidate in his 1833 bid for re-election to Congress.

After Crockett lost the 1835 congressional election, he grew disillusioned with politics and decided to join the fight in the Texas War of Independence. On March 6, 1836, he was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. While the exact cause of Crockett’s death is unknown, Peña, a lieutenant on the scene, stated that Crockett and his comrades at arms died “without complaining and without humiliating themselves before their torturers.”5hk6jh6kjh

But did you know….Crockett was against many of the ideas of President Andrew Jackson. For instance, there was strong disagreement between the two on the Indian Removal Act…  His family had ancestors from Ireland, England, and Scotland. He also had French- Huguenot ancestry….One of his sayings that he became popular during the middle of the 19th century was: “Always be sure you are right, then go ahead.” This saying appeared in some almanacs….Davy Crockett was married twice during his lifetime. His first wife was Polly Finley, who was married to Crockett from 1806 to 1815. As for his second marriage, he married Elizabeth Patton; their marriage lasted from 1815 to 1836….Davy Crockett was involved in Freemasonry. Freemasonry, broadly defined, was a spiritual belief that promoted the idea of a Supreme Being and that people should be judged based on their moral disposition.

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