David Crockett

David Crockett's Life

His Life

Davy had a pretty short life. He was born on August 17, 1786, in what is now called Northern Tennessee. He got married to Mary Finley on August 14,1806. They had two sons named John Wesley and William. David died on March 6, 1836, when he was 49. He died in THE BATTLE OF THE ALAMO.

Pictures Of Davy Crockett

His Life in Tennesee

His Impact In Tennesee

Davy (David Crockett's nickname) was best known in Tennessee as a noted hunter and for his unique style of backwoods oratory.

He And His Family

David Crockett was born the fifth of nine children of John Crockett and Rebecca Hawkins-Crockett. His home was near Big Lime River in Greene County, Tennessee.

Davy Crockett's House

Davids Impact In The Alamo

Davy Crockett went to Texas to help the Texans fight for independence from Mexico. He led a army of 65 American volunteers, mostly from his home state of Tennessee. They arrived at the Alamo and joined its troops shortly before it was surrounded by the Mexican army. Since Crockett and several of his men were skilled shooters they helped to defend, allowing them to hold out for several days even though they were heavily outnumbered.
However, on March 6th, 1836 the Mexican army overwhelmed the defenders, and all of them, including Crockett were killed.
Though the Texans lost the battle of the Alamo it gave their leader Sam Huston enough time to organize and train his army, allowing him to defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 22 1836.

Without Davy Crockett fighting and dying Texas may never have achieved its independence.


Davy learned how to read and write when he was eighteen. He had lots of common sense. His dad sent him to school but he got in trouble and ran away.

Major Accomplishments

Davy Crockett's had many major life accomplishments. He was a Tennessee Frontiersman, a Colonel in the Tennessee Militia, and he served his country as a Tennessee State Legislator and a representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also was a leader and fought in the Alamo and died in it.

Fun Facts

• He killed 105 bears in less than a year

• He wore a wide-brimmed brown felt hat – not a coonskin cap

• He was the best shot in Tennessee

• There are many books, songs, TV shows, and movies written about his life.

• His death at the Alamo made him a legend.