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Crockett, David (1786-1836) to The Truth Teller

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00631 Author/Creator: Crockett, David (1786-1836) Place Written: Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 July 1835 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: In letter to a Tennessee newspaper, denies that he accused Governor William Carroll of corruption, and defends Judge Heskill. Asks the paper to question Carroll about his relationship with Martin Van Buren. Written eight months before his death at the Alamo.

People: Crockett, Davy, 1786-1836.
Carroll, William, 1788-1844.
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: American West, Corruption and Scandal, Politics, President Journalism, Election

Sub Era: Age of Jackson