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Frontier icon Crockett loses election, heads for Alamo


On this day in 1836, after losing his bid for a fourth term as a Tennessee representative to the U. S. Congress and traveling to Texas, Davy Crockett wrote his last extant letter and praised Texas as "the garden spot of the world," with the "best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw." With high optimism for his political future, he wrote that he fully expected to take part in writing a constitution for Texas. "I am in hopes," he wrote, "of making a fortune yet for my self and my family, bad as my prospect has been." Crockett could not foresee his fate at the battle of the Alamo, which occurred just two months later.

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