Davy

Davy

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Crockett, Davy (David Crockett), 1786-1836, American frontiersman, b. Limestone, near Greeneville, Tenn. After serving (1813-14) under Andrew Jackson against the Creek in the War of 1812, he settled in Giles co., Tenn., and in 1821 was elected to the state legislature. In 1823, Crockett, having moved to the extreme western part of the state, was reelected from his new constituency. When it was jokingly suggested that he should run for Congress, he took the proposal seriously and served three terms in the House (1827-31, 1833-35). His dress, language, racy backwoods humor, and naive yet shrewd comments on city life and national affairs made him a popular figure in Washington. Crockett became a political opponent of Jackson, and the Whigs took him up so assiduously that he became the showpiece of conservatism. Resenting his defeat for reelection in 1835, Crockett left Tennessee for Texas, where he heroically lost his life in the defense of the Alamo. A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (1834), An Account of Col. Crockett's Tour to the North and Down East (1834), and Col. Crockett's Exploits and Adventures in Texas (posthumous, 1836), supposedly written by Crockett himself in his own idiom, do not match, either in content or style, those letters definitely known to be his.

See his Narrative, facsimile edition edited by J. A. Shackford and S. J. Folmsbee (1973); study by J. A. Shackford (1956); W. C. Davis, Three Roads to the Alamo (1998).

Jones, Davy: see Davy Jones.
Davy, Sir Humphry, 1778-1829, English chemist and physicist. The son of a woodcarver, he received his early education at Truro and was apprenticed (1795) to a surgeon-apothecary at Penzance. While director (1798-1801) of the laboratory of the Pneumatic Institution, Clifton, he investigated the properties of nitrous oxide (laughing gas). He was lecturer (1801) and professor (1802-13) at the Royal Institution, London. His researches in electrochemistry led to his isolation of potassium and sodium in 1807 and of calcium, barium, boron, magnesium, and strontium in 1808. He established the elementary nature of chlorine, advanced the theory that hydrogen is characteristically present in acids, and classed chemical affinity as an electric phenomenon. He was also noted for the invention of a safety lamp for miners and for his lectures on agricultural chemistry (pub. 1813). Knighted (1812) and made a baronet (1818), he was elected (1820) president of the Royal Society. His collected works (9 vol., 1839-40; repr. 1972) include a biographical memoir by his brother, John Davy.

See biography by A. Treneer (1963).

orig. David Crockett

(born Aug. 17, 1786, eastern Tennessee, U.S.—died March 6, 1836, San Antonio, Texas) U.S. frontiersman and politician. He made a name for himself in the Creek War (1813–15). In 1821 he was elected to the Tennessee legislature, winning popularity through campaign speeches filled with yarns and homespun metaphors. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1827, 1829, and 1833. During his first congressional term, Crockett broke with Andrew Jackson and the new Democratic Party over Crockett's desire for preferential treatment of squatters occupying land in western Tennessee. The Whigs early courted and publicized Crockett in the hope of creating a popular “coonskin” politician to offset Jackson. In 1834 Crockett was conducted on a triumphal speech-making tour of Whig strongholds in the East. From the many stories about him in books and newspapers, there grew the legend of an eccentric but shrewd “b'ar hunter” and Indian fighter. In 1835 he went to Texas to join the war against Mexico and was killed at the Alamo.

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orig. David Crockett

(born Aug. 17, 1786, eastern Tennessee, U.S.—died March 6, 1836, San Antonio, Texas) U.S. frontiersman and politician. He made a name for himself in the Creek War (1813–15). In 1821 he was elected to the Tennessee legislature, winning popularity through campaign speeches filled with yarns and homespun metaphors. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1827, 1829, and 1833. During his first congressional term, Crockett broke with Andrew Jackson and the new Democratic Party over Crockett's desire for preferential treatment of squatters occupying land in western Tennessee. The Whigs early courted and publicized Crockett in the hope of creating a popular “coonskin” politician to offset Jackson. In 1834 Crockett was conducted on a triumphal speech-making tour of Whig strongholds in the East. From the many stories about him in books and newspapers, there grew the legend of an eccentric but shrewd “b'ar hunter” and Indian fighter. In 1835 he went to Texas to join the war against Mexico and was killed at the Alamo.

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Davy is a town in McDowell County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 373 at the 2000 census. Davy was incorporated in 1948. It is a mostly residential community in a coal mining district along the main line of the Norfolk Southern Railway.

Geography

Davy is located at (37.479829, -81.650046).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.3 km² (1.3 mi²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 373 people, 137 households, and 106 families residing in the town. The population density was 111.6/km² (288.8/mi²). There were 170 housing units at an average density of 50.9/km² (131.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.73% White and 0.27% Pacific Islander.

There were 137 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $16,250, and the median income for a family was $23,000. Males had a median income of $15,417 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,116. About 37.3% of families and 41.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 60.0% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.

References

External links

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