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Idolized and exemplified by many David Crockett was a remarkable politician and an ideal American pioneer Though he was a tangible person much of Crocketts life history is replaced with fictional stories created both before and after his death Born the fifth of nine children on August 17 1786 David Crockett began his life in an isolated county in Eastern Tennessee From early childhood Crockett knew first-hand the brutalities of frontier life Cherokee Indians murdered both of his grandparents before he was born Contracted to a cattle drover at only twelve years old Crockett escaped after the drover kept him far past the term of his contract Having no luck with formal education David ran away from home in 1799 when he was only thirteen Crocketts youthful years were a challenging experience though his adulthood would demonstrate even more challenges and adversaries A legend in his time and since David Crockett used his backwoods charm strong morals and ev en a little deception to advance in his political pursuits in Tennessee Crockett began his political profession as a local justice in an unorganized county which is presently known as Giles County Tennessee This region was not composed of the wealthy and prosperous but instead the Americans young and old who faced misfortune and were in pursuit of adventure and a new life Still considerably young for a political position Crockett was appointed the youngest Justice of the Peace Since relocating to the area Crockett had assisted his neighbors provided a positive role model on the basically uncivilized area and used common reasoning and basic principles in his daily life With such high standings in the territory the honor of Justice was bestowed upon him with an almost a unanimous vote He served his community with impeccable quality and delivered verdicts that deterred criminal behavior For Example If a swine thief was brought for judgment by Justice Crockett the sentence would be Take the thief
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