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Davy Crockett was a legendary 19th century American frontiersman and statesman hailing from the backwoods of Tennessee. He is well remembered by his history of heroism against all odds, which ultimately defined the nation’s struggle for independence and freedom.
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Key Facts & Information
Early and Personal Life
- David ‘Davy’ Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in East Tennessee, and was the fifth of the nine children of John Crockett and Rebecca Hawkins.
- In 1899, Davy attended school at the age of 13, but just 4 days in, he got into a fight with a bully. Davy ran away and never returned, fearful that he would be punished by his school master along with his father.
- He spent the next few years traveling to Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland, where he performed various jobs. Three years later, Davy decided to return home to work off his father’s debts.
- Trained as a woodsman at an early age, Davy grew up to be an excellent sharpshooter, winning competitions and distinguishing himself as a hunter in Lincoln County, where he moved with his wife, Mary Polly Finley in 1806 and worked as frontier farmers.
- Davy and Mary Polly had two children: John Wesley who was born in 1807, followed by Margaret ‘Polly’ in 1812.
- Farming proved unrewarding for Crockett’s family so he decided to move to Franklin County in 1813 to look for better paying livelihood.
- In 1815, his wife Polly died. A year later, he married Elizabeth Patton with whom he had three children – Robert, Rebecca and Matilda.
Life on the Frontier
- Shortly after his family moved to Franklin County in 1813, a band of Creek Indian warriors in the neighboring Alabama state launched attacks, killing over 500 people.
- Crockett volunteered to serve in the militia to fight against the Native Americans under the command of General, later President, Andrew Jackson.
- During Crockett’s expeditions with allies in Alabama, he caught malaria, a diseases that causes chills and fevers, and was left along the road to die. Surprisingly, he recovered from the disease and later returned to his family.
David Crockett, the Statesman
- In 1817, Crockett and his family moved to Lawrence County, Tennessee, where he worked as a justice of peace and later served as county commissioner. A year later, he was elected to serve as lieutenant colonel of the military regiment.
- Three years later, Crockett ran for a seat in the state congress where he campaigned for the welfare of frontiersmen, by proposing bills to promote and protect their social and economic interests. His backswoodman ways appealed to the marginalized, which ultimately helped him win both, 1821 and 1823 elections.
- In 1825, Crockett ran for the United States Congress, but was defeated. From 1827 through 1833, he served in the U.S. Congress, however, in his run for a 4th term, Crockett lost by a few counts. This defeat marked the end of his congressional career.
- While serving in the U.S. Congress, he became a critic of President Andrew Jackson, his former commander, and took a stand against his many policies, including the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
- Appalled by the state of politics at that time, Crockett bid farewell to his family in Tennessee and journeyed to Texas in the fall of 1835 in search of new land.
Death at the Battle of Alamo
- In February of 1836, Crockett arrived in San Antonio, Texas, where he had joined the Texas Volunteers in their fight to free the Alamo from the control of Mexican General Santa Ana and his army.
- By March 6, Crockett, along with other 189 defenders of the Alamo died during the siege and capture of the fort by Mexican troops.
- Details surrounding Crockett’s death are still widely debated. Some witnesses claimed to have spotted his body lying among a pile of slain Mexican soldiers, while recent reports say that Crockett was actually captured and executed by General Santa Ana once the battle had ceased.
- Davy Crockett’s legacy may had largely been forgotten by the dawn of the 19th century, but his legend was reborn in the 1950s.
- Walt Disney brought the real-life American hero’s legacy into the 20th century, by releasing a television series based on Davy Crockett’s life adventures, which triggered a renewed fascination with Crockett and a massive demand for frontier-themed children’s merchandise.
- In Crockett’s honor, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation established the David Crockett State Park in Lawrenceburg.
Davy Crockett Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- All About Davy
- Dress Up Davy
- Be Like DAVY!
- Crockett Power
- Famous Frontiersmen
- Remembering Mr. Crockett
- If I Were a Statesman…
- Crockett Fever
- A Song For Davy
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