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Entry from August 08, 2006
“You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas” (Davy Crockett)

When Davy Crockett ran for a seat in Congress from Tennessee (1835), he declared that, if he lost, the people in his district “may go to hell and I will go to Texas.” Crockett lost the election and went to Texas, to die less than a year later at the Alamo.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett
David Crockett (David de Crocketagne August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) 19th-century American folk hero usually referred to as Davy Crockett and by the popular title “King of the Wild Frontier”. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. Congress, served in the Texas revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo.
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In 1835, he was again defeated for re-election, saying “I told the people of my district that I would serve them as faithfully as I had done; but if not ... you may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas”. And he did just that, joining the Texas Revolution.


9 April 1836, Atkinson’s Saturday Evening Post, pg. 2:
Prentice, the editor of the Louisville Journal, says:--

A gentleman from the Nacogdoches, in Texas, informs us that, whilst there, he dined in public with Col. Crockett, who had just arrived from Tennessee. The old bear-hunter, on being toasted, made a speech to the Texians, replete with his usual dry humour. He began nearly in this style: “I am told, gentlemen, that, when a stranger, like myself, arrives among you, the first inquiry is—what brought him here? To satisfy your curiosity at once as to myself, I will tell you all about it. I was for some years a Member of Congress. In my last canvass, I told the people of my District, that, if they saw fit to re-elect me, I would serve them as faithful as I had done; but, if not, they might go to h--l and I would go to Texas. I was beaten, gentlemen and here I am.” The roar of applause was like a thunder-burst.


12 August 1890, Atlanta Constitution, pg. 6:
“Davy Crockett? Yes, I knew him,” the gentleman said. I knew him personally, knew him well; I knew him from the spring of 1831 until the summer of 1835. Mr. Fitzgerald defeated him for congress in 1831, and he defeated Fitzgerald in 1833. He was again defeated by Adam Huntsman in 1835, after which he went to Texas. I heard Crockett and Huntsman in the courthouse at Huntingdon, in June 1835, and heard Huntsman boastfully tell the people that he was going to be elected to congress. Crockett, when he came to reply, alluding to Huntsman’s boast, said he did not believe a word of it, and remarked that if they elected Huntsman over him, ‘they might all go to hades, and he would go to Texas.’ Huntsman did defeat him, and he was as good as his word—and the world knows the rest.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Tuesday, August 08, 2006 • Permalink