Davy Crockett was one of the legendary heroes of the early nineteenth century. He was a frontiersman and a statesman too who hailed from the backwoods of Tennessee. His simplicity and independent thoughts are typical spirit of the American Frontier and this has made him a legendary hero of all times.
Fact 1. Early Life of Day Crockett
David Crockett was born on the 17th of August, 1786 in Greene County in Tennessee. His parents were John and Rebecca (Hawkins) Crockett. He was the fifth child among the nine brothers and sisters he had. He was later called Davy. From childhood he was energetic and fond of adventure and showed great skills at shooting rifle at the mere age of eight. His father had taught him the art of shooting which he mastered well and very often went on hunting trips with his elder brothers. At the age of 13, his father decided that he should go to school to study and so enrolled him in a school. But it was only a few days that he had been to school, than he got into trouble with a bully of his class. Strong as he was, he fought back but was afraid to return to school lest the bully takes revenge on him or insulted him. To escape his father’s punishment, he ran away from his home and spent three years in the woods wandering about and trying out his skills as a woodsman. He spent these years in jobs where he drove cattle to Baltimore and Virginia. He was a strong young boy and daring at heart and so nothing could hold him back from his love for freedom.
Fact 2. His Sense of Responsibility
Although he left home at the age of only 13 years, he did not forget his duties towards his family. Before he turned 16 years, he came back home and helped his father in his work so that his father could pay off the debts he had to John Kennedy. Even after the debts were cleared, Day continued his work with Kennedy.
Fact 3. His family life
He married Mary Finley when he was 20 years and had two sons and a daughter. But Mary soon passed away and Davy married again in 1815. Elizabeth Patton was his second wife from whom he had three children and he moved to Lawrence County. called Robert, Rebecca and Matilda.
Fact 4. Political Career of Davy Crockett
A war broke out in 1812. In 1813 he joined the scouts in the militia headed by Major John Gibson. He took p[art in the massacre against the Creek at Tallushatchee. After that he returned home to Tennessee and became a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives. He remained in this office from 1821 to 1823. In 1826 he won a seat in the 21st U.S. Congress. The Frontier people were highly impressed by his wits and straight-forward backwoodsman spirit. He became one of the first commissioners and Justice of peace and helped to lay out the county.
His keen wit and straight backwoodsman ways appealed to the inhabitants of the Frontier. However in the 22nd Congress he did not succeed in acquiring a seat. He was re-elected in 1833.
Fact 5. Death of the Legendary Frontiersman
After his defeat in the 24th Congressional elections in 1835, he decided to the Texas War of Independence. On the 6th of March, 1836, he was killed while fighting the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio in Texas. According to the Lieutenant, Crockett died like a hero in battle and did not surrender to his enemies.