August 17: Davy Crockett
On this date in 1786, Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier, was born. Crockett was active in Tennessee politics serving first in the Tennessee General Assembly and later in the U.S. House of Representatives where he opposed President Andrew Jackson’s policies. After the election of Martin Van Buren as President, Crockett went to Texas (then a part of Mexico) to participate in the Texas Revolution. He was killed in the Battle of the Alamo.