History Lesson

Betcha didn’t think you were going to go back to school today, eh? See if you can guess who this is before I tell you at the end. DO NOT PEAK! {You were thinking it}. History buffs, enjoy!

  • At 13, after beating up a bully and being fearful of the repercussions this boy ditched school for days until his father found out.  His father then cut a stout hickory switch, chasing him for more than a mile before the boy got away and hid, his father eventually giving up the hunt. Afraid to go home, the boy found one of his older brothers who was about to go on a cattle drive and decided to go to. He would be gone for 2 1/2 years!
  • He was scorned twice in love but finally married a girl named Polly the day before his 20th birthday.
  • When visiting a fellow runner for state legislature he was so impressed with the luxurious carpet that covered most of the floor of the house that he refused to walk on it and spent the evening stepping around it and keeping his feet on the rungs of his chair!
  • He told a friend years later after being elected to Congress that he never knew why the people of his district had elected him. He knew very little about it at that time and had no idea what he would be called on to in once he got to Washington.
  • William L. Foster wrote of him “I never saw him attired in a garb that could be regarded as differing from that worn by a gentleman of his day –– never in coonskin cap or hunting shirt.”
  • This man had not a single piece of legislation passed while a Congressman largely due to the fact that he refused to compromise on anything.
  • Became enemies with President Andrew Jackson when he refused to support the Indian Removal Act, despite the urging of his colleagues. He later wrote, “I voted against this Indian bill and my conscience yet tells me that I gave a good honest vote, and one that I believe will not make me ashamed in the day of judgment.”
  • Vowed to leave the United Sates if Van Buren became president {he actually did leave….went to Texas…but before the election}.

It is none other than, Davy Crockett!

How many of you knew by the time you finished reading?

How many before you finished?

Class dismissed. :)


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