Many of us have all heard of David Crockett and know him as a hero who died defending the Alamo in 1836. However, before David Crockett came to this point, he was just an average person. David was born on August 17, 1786 in northeastern Tennessee near the Nolichucky River in what is now the city of Limestone. David Crockett, also known as Davy Crockett, was the fifth of nine children born to John and Rebecca. As a child, Davy Crockett attended school. However, one day, when Davy Crockett was 12, he fought with a school bully and to avoid getting punished, started to skip school. When his father found out that he was skipping school, Davy Crockett ran away from home. During this phase in his life, Davy Crockett traveled from town to town and learned to hunt. After three years, at the age of 15, Davy Crockett returned home. His family, including his father, welcomed him with open arms.
Davy Crockett had an interesting love life. Soon after Davy Crockett returned home, his father hired him out to a farmer named John Kennedy. While working for Kennedy, Davy fell in love with Kennedy's niece, although she was married. Soon afterwards, he became engaged with Margaret Elder. The marriage, however, never took place because Margaret married someone else. Fortunately, a year later August 16, 1806, the day before his 20th birthday, Davy Crockett married Marry "Polly" Finley.
Davy Crockett experienced many professions. On September 24, 1813 at that age of 27, Davy Crockett joined the Tennessee Militia under Colonel John Coffee in the Second Regiment of Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Riflemen. On March 27, 1814, Crockett was discharged from service. However, exactly 3 years later, Davy Crockett was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the Fifty-seventh Regiment of Tennessee Militia. After his work in the militia, Davy Crockett worked in politics. In 1827 he was elected to the House of Representatives. After two terms, Davy Crockett ran for re-election in 1831 but lost. However, in 1833 Davy Crockett was re-elected. After his political career, Davy Crockett became a writer, and in 1834, he wrote an autobiography, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett.
As Crockett changed his professions, he moved to various places. In the earlier years of his life, Davy Crockett lived in Tennessee. Afterwards, when he became a congressman, he moved to Washington to represent his state. Later, Davy Crockett moved to Texas hoping to rejuvenate his political career and make a fortune. However, while in Texas, he did much more and ended up being a hero while defending the Alamo.
Before Davy Crockett became successful, he failed numerous times in his personal and career life. In his personal life, Davy Crockett dropped out of school at the age of 12. This, however, became very useful when he learned many skills during this time. Aside from school, Davy Crockett has also failed in love. Even after he failed, he succeeded ended up married. Even in politics, Davy Crockett has lost elections. And in the Alamo, Davy Crockett tried to defend the Alamo, but after 13 days the Alamo was overrun. He failed to successfully carry out his duty, but as a result, he influenced many people to join the Texan Army and fight against Santa Anna. Even with failure, Davy Crockett used what he had to the best of his ability.
Crockett was a very successful during the siege of the Alamo. However, before he came to this point, he went through many hardships and obstacles that only made him stronger. From this we can learn that what does not kill us only makes us stronger.
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