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First Name: David

Last Name: Crockett

Birthplace: Greene County, TN, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Militia - Texas Revolution (Alamo)

Date of Birth: 17 August 1786

Date of Death: 06 March 1836


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David Crockett


David "Davy" Crockett
Lieutenant Colonel, Lawrence County, TN Militia

David Crockett was born on 17 August 1786. He was born at the confluence of Limestone Creek and Nolichuckey River in the State of Franklin, which a few years later became Greene County, TN, 17 August 1786.

He commanded a battalion of mounted riflemen under General Andrew Jackson in the Creek Campaign in 1813 and 1814. He was elected a Lieutenant Colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, TN, on 27 March 1818.

His popularity won him a seat in the Tennessee State House of Representatives, in which he served from 1821-23. He then was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1825 to the Nineteenth Congress but later was elected to the Twentieth and Twenty-first Congresses, serving from 4 March 1827 to 3 March 1831. He lost reelection in 1830 to the Twenty-second Congress. Later on he was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress, and served that term from 4 March 1833 to 3 March 1835. He lost his final reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress.

From there he went to Texas to aid the Texans in their struggle for independence. On 14 January 1836, Crockett and 65 other men signed an oath before Judge John Forbes to the Provisional Government of Texas for six months. They joined a band of 186 men in the defense of the Alamo.

Crockett was assassinated there in the battle that ended on 6 March 1836. His body, along with the others that were killed, was destroyed in a funeral pyre at the Alamo. There is controversy over how he was killed and by whom. Most speculate that Crockett tried to kill General Santa Anna, and was killed upon attacking him.

Death and Internment

David Crockett was killed on 6 March 1836 at the Alamo. His ashes are reportedly contained in a coffin in the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, TX.


Honoree ID: 2395   Created by: MHOH




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