Davy Crockett Biography
If you are an American, you will definitely know who Davy Crockett was. He was not only a frontiersman, but also an excellent hunter and seasoned politician, who ended up becoming a hero because of his exploits in the battlefield. He was born to Rebecca and John Crockett on 17th August 1786. His parents used to live in East Tennessee. He was the fifth child out of the total nine. At the age of 12, Davy’s father put him to drive cattle to Virginia. Crockett was also a runaway as he wanted to get about from his father’s beating.
During his travels around Virginia, Crockett realized that he would find it difficult to get a bride as he had no education. So, he went about learning how to read, write, add and subtract. And finally in 1806, Crockett got married to Mary Finely and became a frontier farmer. However, the farming was unproductive, so the Crockett family relocated to Franklin County in Tennessee.
Hardly after settling in Franklin County, some frontiersmen captured some Native Americans belonging to the Creek Indian tribe. This prompted the tribe to attack Fort Munis where many settlers were present and the Native Americans managed to more than 500 settlers and soldiers. It was then that Davy Crockett decided to join the frontier military. Initially, he was a scout for two months. He was then sent on leave. After returning from leave, he worked as a scout and hunter from September 1914 until February 1815. However, during this period Crockett did not encounter too much fighting.
In the year 1815, Crockett’s wife passed away and he then married a second time to a lady called Elizabeth Patton. When he was on the way to Alabama with his neighbors, he got ill with malaria. However, his traveling companions left him behind to die. However, with a lot of luck, Crockett got better, regained his health and returned to his wife and family, who were surprised to see him alive, as they were told he had succumbed to malaria.
Crockett moved once again, and this time it was to Lawrence County in Tennessee. Here he served as the justice of peace and then went on to become the commissioner of the county. In the year 1818, he was made a lieutenant colonel in the military regiment, and in the year 1821, Crockett began to foray into politics when he campaigned for the state legislature. The poor settlers identified with Crockett, as he was considered one of them and finally in the year 1823, Crockett got elected to the Tennessee state legislature.
In the year 1825, Crockett decided to run for the Congress, but lost the elections. So, in the year 1827, he ran again. This time he won and retained his seat the next elections too. However, he was not pleased with a few of President Andrew Jackson’s policies. In 1931, when it elections took place, Crockett lost. But in 1933, he won back the seat, albeit with a small margin. When he lost the election in 1935, he gave up his political career.
After losing the congressional election, Crockett along with 4 other neighbors decided to go to Texas and look for new land. The following year, Crockett became part of the Texas Volunteers and was sent to San Antonio. Here Crockett fought to keep out the Mexican soldiers from Alamo. However, during the 13-day Battle of Alamo, Crockett died. Legends claim that Crockett was the last of the Americans to die, laying down his life to save Alamo. However, based on historical evidence, he was one of the first Americans to die on 6 March 1836.
Upon his death, many stories, some real and some fictional, were published in newspaper about his heroics. These made Davy Crockett into a legendary soldier and hero. Even today, he is considered as one of the most patriotic soldiers of America.
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