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Trenton in Gibson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

David Crockett

 
 
David Crockett Memorial Bust image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 8, 2012
1. David Crockett Memorial Bust
Inscription.
Pioneer — Statesman — Hero
Born August 17, 1786 Died March 6, 1836

Served three terms in the Congress of the
United States while a resident of this county.
Emigrated to Texas in 1835, and was killed
at the Alamo fighting for the independence
of Texas.

“BE SURE YOU'RE RIGHT, THEN GO AHEAD.”

 
Erected 1950.
 
Location. 35° 58.856′ N, 88° 56.519′ W. Marker is in Trenton, Tennessee, in Gibson County. Marker is at the intersection of Eaton Street (Tennessee Route 104, 77) and South College Street (Tennessee Route 367), on the left when traveling east on Eaton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 W. Court Sq., Trenton TN 38382, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gibson County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Gibson County Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fighting for Trenton (within shouting distance of this marker); Female Collegiate Institute (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fighting for Trenton
David Crockett Memorial Bust image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 8, 2012
2. David Crockett Memorial Bust
(approx. mile away); Forrest at Trenton (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fighting for Trenton (approx. mile away); C.S.A. Camp Trenton (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
 
More about this marker. Crockett Memorial Bust is on the south lawn of the courthouse.
 
Categories. PoliticsSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence
 
David Crockett Memorial Bust image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 8, 2012
3. David Crockett Memorial Bust
David Crockett image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. David Crockett
This painting 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
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.   4. submitted on December 17, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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