Life of David Crockett Autobiography Very Rare 1834



Copyright date is 1834, first edition, first printing. Rare Original First Ed. A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF DAVID CROCKETT … 1834 | The rare first edition autobiography by Davy Crockett [David “Davy” Crockett] | Full Title: A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. Written by Himself | Published Philadelphia: E. L. Carey and A. Hart. Boston: Allen & Ticknor, 1834. First edition | 211pp., plus 22pp. of advertisements | Approx. Dimensions: 7.25″ H x 4.75″ W x 1″ D | Bound in the original publisher’s cloth, intact with wear and missing label. All pages present. Text has some foxing, a couple of signatures pulled slightly, a bit of underlining and penciled personal index on rear endpapers. David Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was an American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet “King of the Wild Frontier”. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the Texas Revolution. Crockett grew up in East Tennessee, where he gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling. He was made a colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, Tennessee and was elected to the Tennessee state legislature in 1821. In 1827, he was elected to the U.S. Congress where he vehemently opposed many of the policies of President Andrew Jackson, especially the Indian Removal Act. Crockett’s opposition to Jackson’s policies led to his defeat in the 1831 elections. He was re-elected in 1833, then narrowly lost in 1835, prompting his angry departure to Texas (then the Mexican state of Tejas) shortly thereafter. In early 1836, he took part in the Texas Revolution, and was killed during the Battle of the Alamo. Crockett became famous during his lifetime for larger-than-life exploits popularized by stage plays and almanacs. He became one of the best-known American folk heroes.


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