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Davy Crockett

Davy CrockettAKA David Crockett

Born: 17-Aug-1786
Birthplace: Greene County, TN
Died: 6-Mar-1836
Location of death: San Antonio, TX
Cause of death: Execution
Remains: Buried, San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Military
Party Affiliation: See Note [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: King of the Wild Frontier

American frontiersman, born in Greene county, Tennessee, on the 17th of August 1786. His education was obtained chiefly in the rough school of experience in the Tennessee backwoods, where he acquired a wide reputation as a hunter, trapper and marksman. In 1813-14 he served in the Creek War under Andrew Jackson, and subsequently became a colonel in the Tennessee militia. In 1821-24 he was a member of the state legislature, having won his election not by political speeches but by telling stories. In 1827 he was elected to the national House of Representatives as a Jackson Democrat, and was re-elected in 1829. At Washington his shrewdness, eccentric manners and peculiar wit made him a conspicuous figure, but he was too independent to be a supporter of all Jackson's measures, and his opposition to the president's Indian policy led to administration influences being turned against him with the result that he was defeated for re-election in 1831. He was again elected in 1833, but in 1835 lost his seat a second time, being then a vigorous opponent of many distinctively Jacksonian measures. Discouraged and disgusted, he left his native state and emigrated to Texas, then engaged in its struggle for independence. There he lost his life as one of the defenders of the Alamo at San Antonio on the 6th of March 1836; probably he was one of six executed after the battle.


[1] Jacksonian, then Anti-Jacksonian.

Father: John Crockett
Mother: Rebecca Hawkins Crockett
Girlfriend: Margaret Elder (licensed to marry in 1805, but did not marry)
Wife: Polly Finlay (m. 1806, d. 1815)
Son: John Wesley Crockett
Son: William Crockett
Wife: Elizabeth Patton (widow, m. 1815)

    US Congressman, Tennessee (4-Mar-1833 to 3-Mar-1835)
    US Congressman, Tennessee (4-Mar-1827 to 3-Mar-1831)
    Tennessee State House of Representatives (1821-23)
    Ran Away From Home
    Huguenot Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Malaria

Author of books:
A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (1834, memoir)


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