David Crockett was elected to the House of Representatives in an era before elections were standardized nationwide. Representatives were months away from convening in Washington, DC, for the opening of the new Congress when Tennessee held its elections on August 2 and 3, 1827. Despite the late election date, this certificate of election, signed by Tennessee’s secretary of state and governor, certified that Crockett was entitled to take his seat on December 3, 1827, when the House convened for the first session during the 20th Congress (1827–1829).
During his political career, Crockett cultivated a folksy frontiersman persona, which proved popular with voters. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1825, after serving in the Tennessee state legislature. After winning a House seat in 1827, he won election to two more terms before voters turned him out of office in 1831. Crockett was re-elected in 1833 but lost in his final campaign in 1835. Although Crockett embodied popular notions about the common man and rugged frontiersman, his sense of humor and skills as a forthright and independent outdoorsman did not always translate well in Congress. Crockett clashed with his fellow Tennessean Andrew Jackson over the President’s policy of removing Native Americans from tribal lands and Jackson’s efforts to kill the Second Bank of the United States. After leaving Congress, Crockett served with Texan forces during the Texas Revolution. When the Mexican Army overran the Alamo in 1836, they killed Crockett and most of the garrison stationed there.