It happened on this day…August 17th

On this day in 1786 – Davy Crockett, American frontiersman, soldier was born.

Davy (David) Crockett was an American frontiersman and politician who became a legendary figure. With no formal education whatsoever, Crockett helped backwoods farmers and made a name for himself. He was elected to the Tennessee legislature in 1821. Following a second term in the state legislature in 1823, Crockett ran for the U.S. House of Representatives. He lost in 1825, won in 1827 and 1829, lost in 1831, barely won in 1833, and suffered his final defeat in 1835, owing to the concentrated opposition of the party of Andrew Jackson. He then headed west to Texas, joined the American forces, and died with those who were slaughtered at the Alamo by a Mexican army under General Santa Anna on March 6, 1836. Crockett was famous for his stories and speechmaking.

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