13 Things About Davy Crockett You Should Know

11. Crockett helped foiling an attempt of assassination on Andrew Jackson

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In spite of their political contrasts, Crockett helped saving Andrew Jackson when he was about to be assassinated. On 30th January, 1835, while Jackson was in East Portico, a mad shooter known as Richard Lawrence emerged from the crowds and began shooting at him with two guns. Luckily, he mis-fired all his shots. Crockett quickly whacked Lawrence with his stick and then along with other bystanders disarmed Lawrence and beat him to the ground.

12. The story of his fall at Alamo is controversial

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Crockett must have been murdered during or after the fight—this is clear. However, the details regarding this have always been a matter of debate. A slave called Joe asserted to have seen Crockett’s body lying among a heap of perished Mexican troopers. The same was told by Mrs. Suzannah Dickinson (whose spouse was also killed in similar way) recounted a comparable story and so did Francisco Ruiz, the Mayor of San Antonio. On the other side, a couple of different daily newspapers reported that Davy Crockett was captured and after the battle was over he was executed by the men of General Santa Anna. And there are many more different stories regarding Crockett’s death at the Alamo.

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13. Walt Disney greatly helped in reviving the fame of Davy Crockett

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Crockett’s demise at Alamo made him an American hero. Walt Disney brought his story to common people in the 20th century. In 1954, the first Davy Crockett TV serial was released. Fess Parker played the title role. The film was a terrific hit and resulted in 4 more sequels.

There is no denying the fact that Davy Crockett was a gentleman of character and ability. He had great sense of humor and his skill as an excellent orator was the key factor that was responsible for his popularity. Moreover, his adventures as a hunter and interesting stories of his courage make him a legend that lives on till today.