chapter  14
10 Pages

Searching for the “Real” Davy Crockett

WithDavid S. Salsburg

Davy Crockett, the hero of a television series and a movie in the 1950s, was a real person. He was a member of the United States Congress in the 1830s. Crockett was elected to Congress from Tennessee in 1832 as a supporter of President Andrew Jackson, who had been his commander when he fought in the Indian Wars. When he ran for re-election in 1834, he published a campaign autobiography entitled, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett. Davy Crockett is purported to have written three books. One of them was an autobiography written to support his election to Congress in 1834. The second was a description of his tour of manufacturing plants in New England, and the third was a purported diary written on his way to Texas and death in the battle for the Alamo. The last book, the one describing his final trip, has long been suspect among historians.