Today in Texas History – January 5

From the Annals of the Revolution – In 1836, David Crockett arrived in Texas.  At the time, he was one of the most famous men in America.  In 1834, the newly formed Whig Party had seriously considered Rep. Crockett of Tennessee for its presidential candidate.  Crockett was a folk hero based on his backwoods origins, but he was also a reasonable shrewd politician who played up his popular image in winning a seat in Congress representing west Tennessee. He had pushed for land reform that would have benefitted his landless Tennessee constituents and refused to kowtow to Pres. Andrew Jackson.  He strongly opposed the president’s Indian Removal Bill.  But after suffering a last electoral defeat, he apparently realized that he could not compete with the powerful Jackson.  When he lost his congressional seat in 1835 he was at a low point.  Heavily in debt and estranged from his wife, he embarked on the trip to Texas undoubtedly hoping to revive his sagging political fortunes.  He was well received in Texas and likely would have been a political force in the Republic had he survived the Revolution.  “I told the people of my District, that, if they saw fit to re-elect me, I would serve them as faithfully as I had done,but, if not, they might to go to hell, and I would go to Texas.”

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