Listen Live

Davy Crockett has earned himself American Folk Hero status – but why?

Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in eastern Tennessee. While he didn’t really get much schooling, he became a very skilled woodsman, scout and hunter.

The outdoorsman fought in the War of 1812 under Major John Gibson. After two years at war, Crockett was discharged as a fourth sergeant in 1815 and began his career as a politician.

In 1826, he earned a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and then was elected to the 23rd congress in 1833. Crockett’s stint in Congress ended in 1835, which paved the way for his legacy during the Texas War for Independence.

On February 23, President General Santa Anna and thousands of his troops laid siege to the Alamo against no more than 200 Texas volunteer soldiers, including Crockett and his men, whose sharpshooting skills and long rifles proved invaluable in the fight.Despite Texas commander Sam Houston’s advice to abandon San Antonio, the Alamo defenders dug in and held out for 13 days until Mexican soldiers overran their defenses on March 6 and killed them all.

While there is some controversary surrounding his death, Davy Crockett is remembered today as a frontiersman and folk hero. Here are five facts you might not know about him:

1. Crockett claimed to have killed 105 bears in one year.

2. He helped foil an assassination attempt on Andrew Jackson.

3. Crockett only spent three months in Texas before his death.

4. He may have been one of the last men standing at the Battle of the Alamo.

5. Davy Crockett really did wear a coonskin hat (sometimes).