Crockett was born in 1786 in Greene County, Tennessee. After working hard throughout his teenage years, he began his military career in September 1813. He enlisted in the militia as a scout under Major Gibson in Winchester, Tennessee, to avenge an Indian attack on Fort Mims, Alabama. On November 3, under future president Andrew Jackson, Crockett participated in the retributive massacre of the Indian town of Tallushatchee.
Crockett's early military career continued until 1817 when he became a justice of the peace in Lawrence County, Tennessee. He also became the town commissioner of Lawrenceburg in April 1818 and was elected colonel of the 57th militia regiment in the county that same year.
The year 1821 marked the real beginning of Crockett's political career. He resigned as commissioner to successfully run for a seat in the Tennessee legislature as the representative of Lawrence and Hickman counties. He was re-elected in 1823, but he was defeated in 1825.
In 1827, Crockett made a successful bid for Tennessee's open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was re-elected to a second term in 1829, but cracks were beginning to show between Crockett and his party. He split with President Andrew Jackson on a number of issues, including land reform and the Indian removal bill. As a result, he was narrowly defeated in his 1831 campaign for a third term. He would return to the House in 1833, but he lost his seat once again in 1835.
Frustrated with politics, Crockett decided to go west. He joined the fight for Texas independence and died at the battle of the Alamo in 1836.Learn more about US History