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Davy Crockett

Born David Crockett
August 17, 1786(1786-08-17)
Greene County, Tennessee
Died March 6, 1836 (aged 49)
Alamo Mission, San Antonio, Republic of Texas
Killed in action
Occupation Pioneer, Soldier, Trapper, Explorer, State Assemblyman, Congressman
Title Colonel
Religious stance Christian
Spouse Polly Finley (1806 - 1815) her death
Elizabeth Patton (1816-1836) his death

Colonel David Crockett (August 17, 1786March 6, 1836) was a celebrated 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician; usually referred to as Davy Crockett and by the popular title "King of the Wild Frontier". He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the age of 49 at the Battle of the Alamo. From [1], in the public domain This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1786 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Greene County is a county located in the state of Tennessee. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1836 (MDCCCXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Alamo (San Antonio de Valero Mission) is a former mission and fortress compound, now a museum, in San Antonio, Texas. ... San Antonio redirects here. ... For the latter day independence movement surrounding Texas, see Republic of Texas (group). ... A family of Russian settlers in the Caucasus region, ca. ... This article is about a military rank. ... The human activity of trapping consists of hunting for animals to obtain their furs, which are then used for clothes and other artifacts, or sold / bartered (see fur trade). ... See also explorations, sea explorers, astronaut, conquistador, travelogue, the History of Science and Technology and Biography. ... A Congressman or Congresswoman (generically, Congressperson) is a politician who is a member of a Congress. ... For other uses, see Colonel (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... 1806 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... April 5-12: Mount Tambora explodes, changing climate. ... Year 1816 (MDCCCXVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1836 (MDCCCXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1786 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1836 (MDCCCXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... A folk hero is type of hero, real or mythological. ... A frontier is a political and geographical term referring to areas near or beyond a boundary, or of a different nature. ... This article is about a military rank. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Combatants Texas Mexico Commanders Stephen F. Austin Sam Houston Antonio López de Santa Anna Martin Perfecto de Cos Strength c. ... Combatants Republic of Mexico Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas Commanders Antonio López de Santa Anna Pérez de Lebrón William Travis† Jim Bowie† Davy Crockett† Strength 6,000 in attack (1,800 in assault-see below) 183 to 250 Casualties 650 killed 974 injured 180 killed The...

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Early years

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Birth

Davy Crockett (whose family name was originally De Crocketagne)[1] was born near the Nolichucky River in Greene County, Tennessee, on August 17, 1786. He was descended mostly from French Huguenots settled in Cork in Ireland before moving to Donegal. His grandparents had immigrated to America, and tradition says that his father was born at sea during the passage. David was the fifth of nine children of John and Rebecca Hawkins Crockett. He was named after his paternal grandfather, who was killed at his home in present-day Rogersville, Tennessee, by Indians. His father John was one of the Overmountain Men who fought in the American Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain. The Crocketts moved to Morristown, Tennessee sometime during the 1790s and built a cabin. A museum now stands on this site and is a reconstruction of that cabin.[2] The Nolichucky River at Embreeville in Washington County, Tennessee. ... Greene County is a county located in the state of Tennessee. ... In the 16th and 17th centuries, the name of Huguenots came to apply to members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France, or historically as the French Calvinists. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Cork Code: C (CK proposed) Area: 7,457 km² Population (2006) 480,909 (including City of Cork); 361,766 (without Cork City) Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference G924789 Statistics Province: Ulster County: Population ( ) 2,339 (2006) Website: www. ... Rogersville is a town located in Hawkins County, Tennessee. ... // Americans settlers of largely Scotch-Irish descent settled over the Smokies into the west so therefore became known as the Over Mountain Men. ... This article is about military actions only. ... Combatants Patriot militia Loyalist militia Commanders William Campbell, John Sevier, Frederick Hambright, Joseph McDowell, Benjamin Cleveland, James Williams†, Isaac Shelby Patrick Ferguson† Strength 900 (+500 nearby) 1,100 (+200 nearby) Casualties 28 killed (including James Williams), 62 wounded 157 killed, 163 wounded, 698 captured (nine of the captured were later... Morristown is a city in Tennessee, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ...


Childhood

According to Crockett's autobiography, his early years were filled with adventure, hardship, and traveling.


Shortly after being sent to school, he left home to avoid an unfair beating at the hands of his father. According to Crockett, he apparently had "whupped the tar" out of a school bully who had embarrassed him on his first day in class and, to avoid a beating at the hands of the overly strict schoolteacher, began skipping school. After several weeks, the teacher wrote to Crockett's father, asking why his son wasn't attending class. When questioned, Crockett explained the situation to his father, who apparently was angered that family trade goods exchanged for his son's education had gone to waste and refused to listen to his son's side of the story. Crockett ran away from home to avoid the expected beating and spent several years roaming from town to town. During this period Crockett reports that he visited most of the towns and villages throughout Tennessee and learned the majority of his skills as a backwoodsman, hunter and trapper.


Around his 19th birthday Crockett returned home unannounced. During the years of his travels his father had opened a tavern and Crockett had stopped for a meal. He was unnoticed by his family but one of his younger sisters recognized him with delight. Much to Crockett's surprise, the entire family - including his father - were more than happy to see him and Crockett was welcomed back into the family.


Marriage

Contract of marriage for October 1805
Contract of marriage for October 1805

Shortly afterwards Crockett became engaged to marry Margaret Elder and, although the marriage never took place, the contract of marriage (dated October 21, 1805) has been preserved by the Dandridge, Tennessee, courthouse. It is well documented that Crockett's bride-to-be changed her mind and married someone else.[3] Image File history File links Davy_Crockett_marriage_contract,_October_1805. ... Image File history File links Davy_Crockett_marriage_contract,_October_1805. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas Jefferson. ... Dandridge is a town located in Jefferson County, Tennessee. ...


On August 14, 1806, Crockett married Polly Finley (1788-1815) at the home of Polly's parents in Jefferson County, Tennessee.[4] They had two boys: {Congressman} John Wesley Crockett was born July 10, 1807, followed by William (born 1809). They also had a daughter, Margaret. After Polly's death David remarried in 1816 to a widow named Elizabeth Patton and they had three children: Robert, Beacky and Matilda. is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1806 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Jefferson County is a county located in the state of Tennessee. ... John Wesley Crockett was an American politician who represented Tennessees twelfth district in the United States House of Representatives. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1807 (MDCCCVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Enlistment

On September 24, 1813, he enlisted in the Second Regiment of Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Riflemen for ninety days and served under Colonel John Coffee in the Creek War, marching south into present day Alabama and taking an active part in the fighting including the final victory under Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. He was discharged from service on March 27, 1815. Crockett was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the Fifty-seventh Regiment of Tennessee Militia on March 27, 1818. is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1813 (MDCCCXIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... John Coffee (June 2, 1772–July 7, 1833) was an American planter, US Congressman and military leader. ... Combatants United States Lower Creeks Cherokees Red Sticks (Creek Indians) Commanders Andrew Jackson John Coffee William McIntosh William Weatherford Menawa Peter McQueen Strength 7,000 4,000 Casualties 500 Settlers 125 Soldiers 1,900 The Creek War (1813–1814), also known as the Red Stick War and the Creek Civil... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses, see Andrew Jackson (disambiguation). ... Combatants Creek Indians Red Sticks United States Cherokee Creek allies Commanders Menawa Andrew Jackson Strength 1,000 Red Stick Creek about 2,000 infantry 700 mounted infantry 600 Cherokee and Lower Creeks Casualties 800 49 killed 154 wounded // Although having nothing to do with the British or Canadians, the battle... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... April 5-12: Mount Tambora explodes, changing climate. ... In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1818 (MDCCCXVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Political career

On September 17, 1821, Crockett was elected to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances. In 1826 and 1828 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. As a Congressman, Crockett supported the rights of squatters, who were barred from buying land in the West without already owning property. He also opposed President Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act, and his opposition to Jackson caused his defeat when he ran for re-election in 1831; however, he won when he ran again in 1833. is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1821 (MDCCCXXI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... For other uses, see Andrew Jackson (disambiguation). ... The Indian Removal Act, part of a U.S. government policy known as Indian Removal, was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830. ...


In an 1884 book written by dime novelist[5][6] and non-fiction author[7] Edward S. Ellis, Crockett is attributed as giving a speech critical of his Congressional colleagues who were willing to spend taxpayer dollars to help a widow of a U.S. Navy man who had lived beyond his naval service, but would not contribute their own salary for a week to the cause.[8] Ellis describes how the once popular proposal died in the Congress largely as a result of the speech. The authenticity of this speech is questioned; however, since the Register of Debates and the Congressional Globe do not contain transcripts of speeches made on the house floor, there is no way to know whether the speech is authentic. Crockett is on record opposing a similar bill and offering personal support to the family of a General Brown in April 1828.[9] An example of the original dime novel series, circa 1860. ... Edward Sylvester Ellis was an American author who was born in 1840 in Ohio, and died at Cliff Island, Maine, 1916. ...


In 1834, his autobiography, titled A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, was published. Crockett went east to promote the book and was narrowly defeated for re-election. In 1835, he suffered yet another defeat. He said, "I told the people of my district that I would serve them as faithfully as I had done; but if not ... you may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas." Following his defeat, he did just that. For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ...


Texas Revolution

On October 31, 1835, Crockett left Tennessee for Texas, writing "I want to explore Texas well before I return". He traveled along the Kawesch Glenn, a southwest trail with historical insight. He arrived in Nacogdoches, Texas, in early January 1836. On January 14, 1836, Crockett and 65 other men signed an oath before Judge John Forbes to the Provisional Government of Texas for six months. "I have taken the oath of government and have enrolled my name as a volunteer and will set out for the Rio Grande in a few days with the volunteers from the United States." Each man was promised about 4,600 acres (19 km²) of land as payment. On February 6, Crockett and about five other men rode into San Antonio de Bexar and camped just outside of the town. They were later greeted by James Bowie and Antonio Menchacha and taken to the home of Don Erasmo Seguin. is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... | Come and take it, slogan of the Texas Revolution 1835 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Nacogdoches (pronounced ) is a city in Nacogdoches County, Texas, in the United States. ... is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1836 (MDCCCXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... “Río Bravo” redirects here. ... is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Alamo in San Antonio San Antonio is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. ... James Bowie (1796 - March 6, 1836), better known as Jim Bowie, was a pioneer and soldier who took a prominent part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo. ...

Crockett's last home in Rutherford, Tennessee, Gibson County.
Crockett's last home in Rutherford, Tennessee, Gibson County.

William Barret Travis was the commander in charge at the siege at the Alamo. He appealed for help against the Mexican forces, to which Davy Crockett responded. [1]. The Texas forces of 180-250 were overwhelmed by the attacking 7,000 Mexican soldiers. The Mexican commanders understood their superiority of numbers and position and offered free passage to all concerned. Travis, supported by his entire force except one, refused to surrender. Download high resolution version (1115x575, 126 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1115x575, 126 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Rutherford is a town located in Gibson County, Tennessee. ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... Gibson County is a county located in the state of Tennessee. ... William Travis William Barret Travis (August 1 or 9, 1809 – March 6, 1836) was a 19th Century lawyer and soldier. ...


Letter Purchased

In 2007, the State of Texas bought for $490,000 a letter penned by Crockett two months before he died at the Alamo. However, experts in historical documents raised doubts about its authenticity, citing disparities with known Crockett papers.[citation needed]


Death

All that is known for certain about the fate of Davy Crockett is that he died at the Battle of the Alamo. The only survivors on the Texan side were one woman, a slave, and a child. The most common account of Crockett's fate was that he was killed in the final minutes of the siege, having fallen back to the Alamo's redoubt position of the long barracks with the last dozen or so of Travis' men. Two eyewitness survivors of the Alamo confirm that Crockett did die in the battle. Susanna Dickinson, the wife of an officer, said that Crockett died in the assault and that she saw Crockett's body between the long barracks and the chapel, and Travis' slave Joe said he also saw Crockett lying dead with the bodies of slain Mexican soldiers around him. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Combatants Republic of Mexico Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas Commanders Antonio López de Santa Anna Pérez de Lebrón William Travis† Jim Bowie† Davy Crockett† Strength 6,000 in attack (1,800 in assault-see below) 183 to 250 Casualties 650 killed 974 injured 180 killed The...


Alternative theories

In 1955, controversial evidence came to light that challenged the accepted account of Crockett's fate. According to the diary of José Enrique de la Peña, currently housed at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, there may have been up to six more survivors, with Crockett perhaps among them. Peña's account states that several prisoners from the Alamo were taken by Mexican General Manuel Fernández Castrillón and summarily executed by order of Mexican General and President Antonio López de Santa Anna. Crockett, according to Peña's entry, was identified to Santa Anna by Castrillón, who along with two other officers, begged the General to spare the life of the great hero. Santa Anna refused, and ordered all survivors to be executed immediately. This was accepted at the time, and was used by the Texans as an example of Santa Anna's cruelty. Manuel Fernández Castrillón (178?–1836) was a major general in the Mexican army of the 19th century. ... Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón (February 21, 1794 – June 21, 1876), also known simply as Santa Anna, was a Mexican political leader who greatly influenced early Mexican and Spanish politics and government, first fighting against independence from Spain...


In de la Peña's narrative written in the Fall of 1836, said narrative being based on his diary, he adds a footnote which may align both versions. He states that "All of the enemy perished, there remaining alive only an elderly lady and a Negro slave, whom the soldiers spared out of mercy and because we had established that only force had kept them in danger." (Perry 1975) This implies that the summary execution of the survivors may have occurred prior to the releasing of Dickinson and Joe, so that they observed Crockett as dead bringing truth to their testimony. De la Peña describes the disposal of the dead and wounded as an ongoing process that took no little time.


However, critics now tend to discount this on two key points. First, no other accounts of Crockett surviving the Alamo have surfaced besides Peña's diary. No documentation in the archives of the Mexican government, nor any of the personal records of others present at the Battle of the Alamo, give any hint of survivors amongst the defenders, much less any claiming Crockett as a survivor. Secondly, there is some speculation that Peña's account may have been a deliberate fabrication, with the intention of presenting Santa Anna in a far more diabolical light than American (and especially Texan) historians have given him since the fall of the Alamo.


Burial

Most sources indicate Crockett and all the Alamo defenders were cremated en masse. There were unconfirmed reports that some of the Mexicans who were hired to burn and bury the dead removed Crockett to a secret, unmarked location and buried him there before his body was burned. Some say that he was secretly transported back to Tennessee to prevent Santa Anna from using his body as a trophy. These reports are all unconfirmed. Conspiracy theories aside, Crockett's body was most likely cremated with the other Alamo defenders on a mass funeral pyre after the fall of the Alamo. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ...


On his tombstone, it says: "Davy Crockett, Pioneer, Patriot, Soldier, Trapper, Explorer, State Legislator, Congressman, Martyred at The Alamo. 1786 - 1836."


Legacies

One of Crockett's sayings, which were published in almanacs between 1835 and 1856 (along with those of Daniel Boone and Kit Carson), was: This 1820 oil painting by Chester Harding is the only portrait of Daniel Boone made from life. ... Kit Carson Christopher Houston Kit Carson (December 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868) was an American frontiersman. ...

Be always sure you are right, then go ahead.

It is also said that upon going to Texas, his fellow congressman urged him to stay. In response Crockett quickly answered him:

You may go to hell, I will go to Texas.

In 1838, Robert Patton Crockett went to Texas to administer his father's land claim. In 1854, Elizabeth Crockett finally came to Texas to live, dying in 1860. Crockett's son John Wesley Crockett was a U.S. Congressman from Tennessee, serving two terms between 1837 and 1841. John Wesley Crockett was an American politician who represented Tennessees twelfth district in the United States House of Representatives. ...


A section of U.S. Route 64 between Winchester, Tennessee and Lawrenceburg, Tennessee is signed as David Crockett Memorial Highway. U.S. Highway 64 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 2,326 miles (3,743 km) from eastern North Carolina to just southwest of the Four Corners in northeast Arizona. ... Winchester is a city located in Franklin County, Tennessee 6. ... Town square in Lawrenceburg with a statue of David Crockett in the center. ...


Crockett in media

Television

The Crockett legend was again popularized by Walt Disney, who produced a three-episode television series loosely based on his life, starring Fess Parker in the title role: Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter; Davy Crockett Goes to Congress; and Davy Crockett at the Alamo. The shows aired on the ABC network on the Wednesdays of December 15, 1954; January 26, 1955; and February 23, 1955. Buddy Ebsen co-starred as his friend George E. Russel, who had actually only accompanied Crockett during the Creek Indian War. For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Fess Parker (born August 16, 1924) is an American film and television actor. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Buddy Ebsen (April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003) was an American actor and dancer, who is best-remembered for his role as Jed Clampett in the popular television series The Beverly Hillbillies. ...


Davy Crockett made a return with Disney in two further adventures: Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. In these two episodes Crockett faced off against Mike Fink, another early American legend. Mike Fink, {b. ...


A three-episode 1988-89 revival was made entitled The New Adventures of Davy Crockett, in which Tim Dunigan took over Fess Parker's famous role. This article should be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... -1...


Music

The 1955 song "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was introduced in the television series. Four different versions of the song hit the Billboard Best Sellers pop chart that year. The versions by Bill Hayes, TV series star Fess Parker, and Tennessee Ernie Ford charted in the Top 10 simultaneously, with Hayes' version hitting #1. He is also mentioned in the Squeeze song "Cool for Cats" which refers to an attack on Indians. The Ballad of Davy Crockett is a song with music by George Bruns and lyrics by Tom Blackburn. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... Tennessee Ernie Ford Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), better known by the stage name Tennessee Ernie Ford, was a pioneering U.S. recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country & western, pop, and gospel musical genres. ... For other uses, see Squeeze (disambiguation). ...


Davy Crockett craze

The publicity for Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier spawned a brief Davy Crockett Craze amongst children in the U.S. and UK, buying coonskin caps and other Davy Crockett memorabilia. This Crockett phenomenon is referenced in books of the time such as the Molesworth series by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle. The Ballad of Davy Crockett is a song with music by George Bruns and lyrics by Tom Blackburn. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Coonskin cap A coonskin cap is a cap fashioned from the skin and fur of a raccoon. ... Nigel Molesworth is the supposed author of a series of books actually written by Geoffrey Willans, with cartoons by Ronald Searle. ... Geoffrey Willans [1911-1958] a British author and journalist, is best known as the co-creator, with the illustrator Ronald Searle, of Nigel Molesworth, the curse of st custards. Molesworth first appeared in Punch in the 1940s and was the chief protagonist and narrator of four books, beginning with... Ronald William Fordham Searle (born March 3, 1920) is an Internet Coffee Phone. ...


Movies

After the Crockett fad had waned, John Wayne starred as Crockett in the 1960 feature film The Alamo (the first film he also directed). More recently was the John Lee Hancock version of The Alamo (2004). This Crockett, played by Billy Bob Thornton, is portrayed as a man trying to downplay his legend, but in the end unable to escape it. This is epitomized in a scene where Crockett, speaking to Bowie says, "If it was just me, simple old David from Tennessee, I might drop over that wall some night, take my chances. But that Davy Crockett feller...they're all watchin' him." For other persons named John Wayne, see John Wayne (disambiguation). ... The Alamo was released in 1960 by United Artists, starring John Wayne as Davy Crockett, Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie and Laurence Harvey as William B. Travis, and featuring Frankie Avalon, Chill Wills, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Joseph Calleia as Juan Seguin, Ruben Padilla as Santa Anna, Richard Boone as... The Alamo film poster The Alamo is a 2004 movie, a second major studio film about the legendary Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution, that was shot and scheduled for release initially in December 2003 and then rescheduled for release in April 2004. ... Billy Bob Thornton[1] (born August 4, 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, as well as occasional director, playwright and singer. ...


Theater

The musical drama "Gentleman from the Cane" is an account of the life of Davy Crockett while he lived and worked in Lawrence County from 1817 to 1822 including his first foray into the political arena on the local and state level. The production was first presented in 1976 and has been performed numerous times by the residents of Lawrenceburg, TN.


In films, Crockett has been played by:

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Trivia

  • Davy Crockett was a Freemason.
  • In May 1836 Richard Penn Smith wrote Colonel Crockett's Exploits and Adventures in Texas and Carey & Hart published this material claiming it was the "authentic diary" of Crockett's taken from the Alamo by a Mexican general who was later killed at the Battle of San Jacinto. In 1884, the book was discovered as a phony after selling thousands of copies.
  • In 1872, a play about Crockett ran for over 2,000 performances, ending in 1884 with the death of the lead actor.
  • Davy Crockett named his favorite rifle "Old Betsy". History often confuses "Betsy" with his second rifle, "Pretty Betsy," given to him by the Whigs upon his re-election in 1834. "Old Betsy" was a gift from the people of Tennessee in 1822. When he went to Texas, he left the "Old Betsy" at his home in Tennessee and took his standard "Betsy" hunting rifle. Though "Betsy" was lost in the Alamo, "Old Betsy" now resides in the Alamo Chapel in San Antonio. Crockett's first rifle, prior to "Betsy", is on display at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville, Tennessee as is "Pretty Betsy" also reportably at Knoxville-which was not at the Alamo either.
  • Davy Crockett became a popular figure in Egypt between the late 1980s and early '90s, when airing of the classic Disney series led to a brief Davy Crockett craze among Egyptian viewers (mostly children), which also led the airing of the 1988 revival a few years later.
  • It is believed that Crockett was never referred to as "Davy" during his lifetime. The term comes from a misinterpretation of his signature in which "David" can appear to look like "Davy".
  • A robot named Davy Sprocket appeared in the video game, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, as an opponent, parodying Davy Crockett.
  • In the Chick-fil-a calendar, The Good, The Bad, and The Hairy, Crockett is shown as a hunter who trapped burger eaters, and is called Davy Briquette.
  • In the video game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, an experimental, portable nuclear rocket launcher is personified as the "Davy Crockett"
  • He is featured in the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start The Fire"
  • In Gatlinburg , TN there is a mini-golf course themed for Davy Crocket owned by Ripley entertainment.

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References

  1. ^ Genealogy at RootsWeb
  2. ^ Crockett Tavern Museum
  3. ^ Program #1001. Antiques Roadshow. PBS. Tampa Convention Center. Original broadcast 2006-01-09. and Lofaro, Michael A. "Crockett, David". Handbook of Texas Online. URL accessed 2006-05-30.
  4. ^ Crockett News
  5. ^ "Ellis, Edward Sylvester." Beadle and Adams Dime Novel Digitization Project. Northern Illinois University.
  6. ^ Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes: Dime Novels, Series Books. By Larry E. Sullivan, Lydia Cushman. pg 73. 1996 Haworth Press. ISBN 0789000164
  7. ^ Special Collections in Children's Literature: An International Directory, By Dolores Blythe Jones, pg 50.
  8. ^ Ellis, Edward S., The Life of Colonel David Crockett; Porter & Coates, 1884
  9. ^ A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875. The Library of Congress, URL accessed 2007-08-01.

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Further reading

  • Crockett, David, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee; University of Nebraska Press; ISBN 0-8032-6325-2
  • Derr, Mark The Frontiersman. Davy Crockett William Morrow and Co. ISBN 0-688-09656-5
  • Davis, William C., Lone Star Rising-The Revolutionary Birth of the Texas Republic; Free Press; ISBN 0-684-86510-6
  • Davis, William C., Three Roads to the Alamo; Harper Collins; ISBN 0-06-017334-3
  • Roberts, Randy & Olson, James S., A Line in the Sand-The Alamo in Blood and Memory; Simon & Schuster; ISBN 0-684-83544-4
  • Levy, Buddy, The Real Life Adventures of David Crockett; Putnam Press; ISBN 0-399-15278-4

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