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David Crockett (1786 - 1836)

In popular legend this celebrated nineteenth-century American folk hero was known as ‘the King of the Wild Frontier’. A frontiersman, soldier and politician, he always referred to himself as David Crockett rather than Davy. He represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives, was an active participant in the Texan rebellion against Mexican rule and famously died defending the Alamo. Crockett told William Travis and Jim Bowie that he had travelled to the Alamo to aid them in their ‘noble cause’ and to defend ‘the liberties’ of their ‘common country’. His Ulster forbears hailed from Castlederg in County Tyrone.

Further reading: B. Kennedy, Three Men of Destiny: Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston) Published by Ambassador International.

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