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Photographer: Allen C. Browne
Taken: February 16, 2015
Caption: Davy Crockett 1786-1836
Additional Description: This 1834 portrait of Davy Crockett (1786-1836) by Chester Harding hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
“Unlike his solitary predecessor Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett created the image of the frontiersman as a jocular, colorful ‘type’ who loved tall tales, whisky, and cutting a caper. Crockett was a bad farmer and kicked around the Southeast, serving in the military and minor governmental offices. On a whim he ran for Congress from Tennessee, serving three terms (1827-31, 1833-35). To capitalize on his political fame, he authored an autobiography containing a motto, ‘Be always sure you're right then go ahead,’ that has been the credo of the frontiersman, in reality and myth, to the present day. After Congress, Crockett created a road show in which he presented himself to civilized eastern audiences as the wild and woolly backwoodsman, ‘half man, half alligator.’ Still restless, however, Crockett joined the fight for Texas independence and was killed at the Alamo.” — National Portrait Gallery
Submitted: August 26, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Database Locator Identification Number: p396089
File Size: 0.953 Megabytes
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